25 September 2018

A strategic partnership between NBS and GRAPHISOFT UK was announced this week that will see major collaboration from the two companies in 2019 and beyond.

CEO of NBS Richard Waterhouse and MD of GRAPHISOFT UK Adrian Girling made the announcement at the first of four ‘Discover NBS’ events being hosted around the UK.

The announcement follows the recent launch of NBS’ first cloud-based specification platform, NBS Chorus, which will be the focus of the collaboration next year.

NBS CEO, Richard Waterhouse, said: “We’ve known and worked alongside the GRAPHISOFT UK team for a few years now so it’s great to see this collaborative relationship move forward with NBS Chorus.

“We know that a key frustration for a lot of our customers in the UK has been the need to use emulation software to run NBS on a Mac – this has now changed with the NBS Chorus platform and the use of cloud technology.

“A high percentage of GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD customers are Mac users and, therefore, we know that integrating NBS Chorus into ARCHICAD will be very well received.”

Previous collaborations between the two companies include the NBS Link plug-in for GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD and the Library Part Maker tool.



We are delighted to announce today this greater integration with NBS so that our joint customers can now better coordinate their project information

Adrian Girling, UK MD at GRAPHISOFT


GRAPHISOFT UK MD, Adrian Girling, commented: “We know that all too often project models and specifications are developed in silos. We are delighted to announce today this greater integration with NBS so that our joint customers can now better coordinate their project information.”

Sascia Elliott, Head of Partnerships at NBS said: “This is another move towards providing NBS products that truly meet our customers’ needs. We thank our partners at GRAPHISOFT for their shared vision and ambition to constantly challenge the norm.”

NBS, who provide technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, as well as services for building product manufacturers, recently announced a £31.8m investment from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

The investment will continue to deliver future product development and international growth plans.

If you’re interested in learning more about NBS Chorus, NBS is running a series of discovery events across the UK in September and October. To register interest email/visit and to find out more visit www.theNBS.com/Discover

To find out more about NBS Chorus, visit www.theNBS.com/Chorus




ABOUT NBS: NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Our origins lie in the National Building Specification and for over 40 years we have developed and produced NBS products which support the built environment. Our NBS specification products cover construction, engineering services and landscape design.

More recently we have developed an integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform that has been designed to support global design and construction. It currently has four major components:

  • NBS Bim Toolkit. BIM execution plan, roles and responsibilities.
  • NBS Create. BIM specification and knowledge platform.
  • NBS National BIM Library. BIM object library, generic and actual.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS). Standards and regulations.

CIS is delivered via a joint venture with IHS Markit. This relationship has successfully prospered for many years.

Our products are recognised as being individually effective in their own right, but via the linking of the data, classification and integration, the true power comes through these connections across the NBS BIM platform. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

To find out more about NBS, visit www.theNBS.com