News / September 2014
Tuesday 16 September 2014
NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist finalist exhibition on show in Sydney studio

Finalists of the NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award are currently exhibiting their work at the HASSELL Sydney studio. The exhibition is a selection of the art work from the finalists of 20/20, a unique artist and gallery networking event held during Art Month earlier this year in Sydney.

The exhibition is a showcase of the next generation of Australian artistic talent and is open to the public during business hours until 20 September. Art Month is an annual city-wide celebration of contemporary art, while the NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award helps nurture the next generation of Australian artistic talent.

At the launch of the exhibition last week, Tully Arnot was announced the winner of the award. Tully lives and works in Sydney and his work investigates the intangible relationships we have with objects and illuminates new, poetic ways of interacting with the world around us. His winning piece is called 'Nervous Plants', an installation which consists of a group of artificial plants animated by motors attached to the base of each branch.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Senior Curator, Artbank, identified Tully as a stand-out artist and Nervous Plants as a stand-out work. "Through the kinetic activation of otherwise passive and domesticated plant life, Tully's work demonstrates an innovative use of found objects in a corporate context," he said.

Barry Keldoulis, also on the judging panel said: "The work displays an interesting connection to the history of office decoration and a fantastic engagement with the artificial nature of most office environments, as well as the human love of anthropomorphism. Are these 'plants' dancing in the air-conditioning 'breeze', or shuddering in fear of their captors?"

The NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist finalist exhibition runs from 11-20 September at HASSELL, Level 2, Pier 8/9, 23 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay Creative Precinct, Sydney.

Images: Tully Arnot, Nervous Plants, 2014 

Friday 12 September 2014
Radical change for healthcare in Jersey, UK

HASSELL has been named design-lead for the £279 million redevelopment of the Jersey General Hospital and the development of a new ambulatory care facility.

The UK island's governing body, States of Jersey, is committed to radically changing the way Jersey's healthcare is delivered, and this project represents a significant step towards achieving that goal.

The redeveloped hospital will comprise 100 per cent single-occupancy rooms, eight new operating theatres, an emergency department and a paediatrics department. With an ageing population ­– the number of Jersey residents aged 65 and above is expected to double during the next 30 years – making quality healthcare services a priority for the island.

Principal Kieren Morgan said the international expertise of HASSELL enabled the firm to unlock the potential of complex healthcare projects and placed it in a strong position to secure further health work in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

"Our ability to combine latest international thinking from projects such as Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth (Australia), with a deep understanding of specific healthcare systems and standards in the UK has been recognised by our clients as an attractive proposition in a sector where technical and operational performance of the facility matters most," Kieren said.

"In addition to the Future Hospital project in Jersey, HASSELL has recently started on site with a specialist oncology centre in Bahrain. We are also underway with the design for a new critical treatment hospital in the UK and been short listed for a €214 million acute hospital in Copenhagen and a separate mental health facility elsewhere in Denmark."

Image: HASSELL Principal Kieren Morgan

Wednesday 10 September 2014
AEB officially opens its doors

Students at the University of Queensland's Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) in Australia are getting hands-on "real world" experience in the study of engineering - by learning from the building itself.

The award-winning building was officially launched by the university today and features cutting-edge design intended to give students the most practical engineering education.

The design collaboration, between Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL, delivers on the university's aspiration for an interactive "live learning" site that can be interpreted by students and used for further research.

HASSELL principal Mark Loughnan said the building's design encouraged students to constantly engage with research and practical learning - and even the research labs, which have traditionally been hidden from view, are on display to passersby.

"The study of engineering is very much a hands-on experience, so we needed to create an environment that supports this physical approach," Mr Loughnan said.

"We also wanted to put all the engineering in the building on display. The research labs are on show so everyone can glimpse the exciting work taking place, and AEB has an engaging an 'stripped back' interior that showcases its structure and materials so students can observe how the roof struts, supporting columns, cantilevers, and so on have been constructed."

A key aim of the $135 million building is to break down the boundaries between teaching, learning and research by co-locating teaching and research spaces across engineering and materials science disciplines, and bringing lectures into laboratories.

Strain, movement and temperature gauges have been embedded throughout the building's floors, walls and support columns, to allow students to monitor and measure how it performs under various conditions, and the building's designers have made the engineering and construction materials visible throughout.

AEB has also been designed specifically for the tropical Queensland climate, incorporating state-of-the-art green technology which has resulted in a 5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 Certified Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The building has won a number of awards this year, including three Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland) Awards for the state's best sustainable architecture, interior architecture, public architecture and it also won Brisbane Regional Building of the Year.

To see 360 degree views of the building visit

Monday 1 September 2014
Universities with ageing infrastructure risk competitive edge

Universities with poor quality research and teaching facilities risk jeopardising their share of research funding and undermining their competitive position to attract talented researchers, academics and students, according to an international review of university master plans released by HASSELL.

Presenting the review findings today at the Tertiary Education and Facilities Management Conference in Cairns, Australia, HASSELL Principal Adam Davies said some universities have an oversupply of aging and unfit-for-purpose building stock which has left them with high operational and upgrade costs, a campus that lacks cohesion, and an expensive backlog of capital works.

"Given the increasingly competitive environment in which these universities are now operating, they need to plan the program of capital replacements required over the next 10-15 years, or they risk a further erosion of quality and high ongoing operational costs for poorly performing assets," Adam said.

"In light of the tougher funding environment, these universities may also need to shift their thinking away from familiar ownership models and consider alternative financing options and inventive partnering deals that will allow them to invest to modernise and future-proof their campus facilities."

The International University Master Plan Review builds on the findings of an initial review by HASSELL of the master planning processes of Australia's Group of 8 Universities. Both studies showed an increasing trend to co-locate industry on university grounds for collaboration on bio medical, technology and science research, which has led to an increase in the number and size of research buildings built or leased by universities.

For more details about the Australian and international reviews and to read the full reports, click here.

Related content: Universities in need of master plan for success 

Monday 1 September 2014
International Urban Design Conference - Adelaide

What happens when Sydney adopts the density of London, or Shanghai the lifestyle qualities of Sydney? And what would it be like if London adopted the speed of delivery that we see in Shanghai?

These and a number of other topics will be explored by HASSELL representatives presenting at the International Urban Design Conference to be held in Adelaide, Australia this week. The conference will focus on the framework required for creating today's cities and the process of designing and shaping our cities to make them more functional, attractive and sustainable.

HASSELL Urban Design Leader, David Tickle will share some early insights into a HASSELL exploration of the housing density challenges faced by the cities of Shanghai, Sydney and London. The study demonstrates how a typical housing typology in each city can be transformed to generate better social, economic, environmental and urban outcomes.

"These speculations test the application of the successful elements of one city to the others," said David.

The project is part of the HASSELL Urban Futures initiative, a research and design program that brings together the diverse skills of our global design team.

Principal Adam Davies will deliver a presentation entitled 'Major Health Precincts: An urban design approach to positioning, partnering and place-making' on Tuesday at the conference. It explores the urban design and place-making aspects of such precincts to ensure they have the best chance of attracting and retaining talent, provide for wellness and restoration and succeed as hubs of health innovation and knowledge transfer.

"As with any urban design or master planning process, it's about stitching the individual elements of the site together to create a place people want to be part of," said Adam.

"The success of these sites depends on much more than simply co-locating hospitals, allied health, research and education facilities. It's about providing shared social spaces and outdoor areas that entice people out of their offices and encourage greater interaction and knowledge sharing."

Associate Andrew Hancock will present on how railway stations can be a catalyst for urban regeneration, using three redeveloped stations that are part of the Regional Rail Link project as examples. Each station is an example of quality civic investment and urban renewal in brownfield environments, in the inner-west of Melbourne.

"These stations interface with their immediate urban contexts and the suburbs beyond the project boundaries, in distinctive ways at each location," said Andrew.

Image: Shenzhen Affordable Housing Design Competition

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  • Education futures forum with HASSELL and CH2M Hill

    With students expecting a 24/7 experience, and learning freed from physical boundaries, what lies ahead for the design of universities? The Education Futures Forum recently talked it out

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  • Point King Residence on Vogue Living

    This Mornington Peninsula house was designed to maximise both entertaining and privacy, and minimise its visual impact on the environment

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  • Felicity Roocke - creating desirable destinations

    Senior Associate Felicity Roocke speaks about her design motivations and creating desirable hospitality destinations

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  • Fit-out for a king

    Stores packed tightly with merchandise are yesterday’s news - even if the prices are low. The driving principle behind modern shop design is generosity, says Scott Walker, Head of Interior Design at HASSELL

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  • Spotlight on Cassandra Chilton

    HASSELL Senior Associate Cassandra Chilton was profiled in the AILA Victoria winter newsletter

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  • Open plan offices - the pros and cons

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