News / April 2014
Thursday 17 April 2014
Peter Duncan chairs Australia-China Symposium on Tourism and Waterfront Development

HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was a guest host at the Australia-China Symposium on Tourism and Waterfront Developments last week. The topic of the forum was regenerating waterfront precincts and cities and was held as part of Australia Week in China 2014.

The forum included a workshop to discuss the development of tourism infrastructure and waterfront precincts in Australia and China. A focal point were the huge changes that Australian cities and the waterfront areas of Shanghai have undergone over the past two decades, along with the influence that waterfront developments have on tourism.

Topics discussed at the workshop included the opportunities and challenges of waterfront cultural creative city development, the utilisation of public spaces and the presentation of a number of key Australian waterfront projects to the 300 attendees, which included experts from the Australian and Chinese governments.

A large Australian delegation of over 600, led by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, attended the Australia Week in China 2014 event. This trade delegation, one of the largest in Australian history, comprised Australian ministers, company representatives and industry leaders.

Tuesday 15 April 2014
Perth Stadium win

It is the biggest sports stadium project in Australia and HASSELL is part of the team chosen to design, develop and maintain it, by the Government of Western Australia. The A$900 million Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct will be built on the Burswood Peninsula and will open in 2018.

HASSELL is one of three design firms in the WESTADIUM consortium led by investment groups Brookfield Financial and John Laing. The other designers are Cox Architecture and HKS.

The stadium will hold 60,000 people and will host Australian football, rugby, soccer and cricket matches. It will also stage major rock concerts and entertainment events.

The Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, today announced the Government had selected WESTADIUM as the Preferred Proponent for the project after four months' consideration of three competing proposals.

But he said the final winning design for the stadium would not be revealed until mid-2014 when final contracts are agreed. The Government will now enter exclusive negotiations on the contracts with WESTADIUM.

The WESTADIUM consortium is led by Brookfield Financial and John Laing, with Brookfield Multiplex as builder and Brookfield Johnson Controls as facilities manager.

Image: Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia

Monday 7 April 2014
Kirsti Simpson on Eat-Drink-Design Awards jury

HASSELL Director Kirsti Simpson has been selected to join the jury for the 2014 Eat-Drink-Design Awards. She has worked on a number of notable hospitality projects, including Esquire Restaurant in Brisbane.

The annual Eat-Drink-Design Awards supports innovation and excellence in the design of hospitality premises of all scales and types, retail environments for the sale of food and beverages and visual identities for both. The program celebrates Australia and New Zealand's best projects, rewarding design achievement in six categories. From high-end restaurants and bars to offbeat hole-in-the-wall cafes and pop-ups, the awards are a unique forum for architects, designers and their clients to present their best new projects. The Eat-Drink-Design Awards is the only awards program in Australasia dedicated to this specialist area.

The other jury members joining Kirsti this year are Simon Denton, Michael Harden, Tina Engelen and Cameron Bruhn. Judging will take place in Melbourne on 7-8 August.

HASSELL has undertaken numerous well-known hospitality projects, including the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour refurbishment, the Ovolo Hotel Melbourne, Cuisine Cuisine Beijing and is currently working on Wawu Shan Resort and Hotel in China.

Watch this video about what factors contribute to making a hospitality venue successful.

Monday 7 April 2014
Julian Gitsham joins HASSELL

Julian Gitsham has played a key role in the design and delivery of noted buildings and projects in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Now he is joining HASSELL as a Principal and will be based in our London studio.

As Managing Director Rob Backhouse put it, we invited Julian to become part of the HASSELL leadership team "because he has a great body of work that demonstrates design leadership and diverse design thinking across a wide range of typologies and markets."

Here are some of the projects Julian has been involved in over a 25 year career as an architect and urban designer: the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, Broadcasting Place at Leeds Metropolitan University, Beaufort Court affordable housing in London, a masterplan for the regeneration of Salford city centre, the National Cold War building at the RAF Museum in Shropshire and Portcullis House Parliamentary Building, Westminster, London. International project experience includes the National Library of Israel, cultural waterfront projects in Abu Dhabi, and a masterplan and residential development in Cairo, Egypt.

Julian Gitsham comes to HASSELL from the UK based practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios where he has been Managing Partner and a Board member since 2007, and a partner since 2001. He spearheaded the growth of the practice's London studio.

"I was attracted to HASSELL by the depth of its design talent," Julian said. "The practice is focused on continually improving the quality of its design and the value it delivers to clients. It is an inclusive, collaborative culture with strengths across international markets and a wide range of sectors."

Julian is optimistic about the UK market as it emerges from difficult economic times. "There are significant opportunities for HASSELL to grow there through new ideas, creativity and a laser-like focus on clients and what they are trying to achieve," he said.

Julian's appointment strengthens the practice's leadership team in the UK. He will work closely with Principals Colin Hockley, Kieran Morgan and Mark Kelly. Colin and Kieran have been with HASSELL for three years. Mark Kelly recently moved to London from HASSELL in Melbourne. He has previously led a practice in the UK.

Colin Hockley, Principal at HASSELL, joined Rob Backhouse in welcoming Julian to HASSELL. "Julian is a proven leader, unlocking real value for clients through design and creativity," Colin said. "One of his great strengths is in the relationships he builds with clients."

Julian Gitsham officially joins HASSELL on Monday 14 April.

Friday 4 April 2014
HASSELL shortlisted for Bispebjerg New Hospital project

HASSELL, together with Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen, has been shortlisted among a group of top international contenders for the new Bispebjerg New Hospital and Mental Health project in Copenhagen.

The new hospital is part of the larger project to modernise and merge the Frederiksberg and Bispebjerg hospitals and also bring together the Mental Health Centre Copenhagen and Children's Mental Heath Centre Bispebjerg.

The design of the new €214.4 million hospital includes a new 'front of house', emergency ward, operating theatre complex and inpatient wards. The project also encompasses refurbishing existing buildings and the redevelopment will take place over a 10 to12 year period, during which the hospital will continue to operate at full capacity.

HASSELL is providing expertise in healthcare, clinical planning, architecture and public realm for the project concept, working in collaboration with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects supported by Dutch engineers Haskoning DHV (NL). Danish landscape architects Kragh and Berglund (DK) will work alongside HASSELL landscape architects and SHLA to further develop the overall redevelopment master plan as well as the public realm and landscape architecture for the somatic hospital.

The next phase of the selection process will commence in April. By the end of the year one to three teams will be selected for a second round and a final winner will be announced in the middle of 2015. Thereafter construction of the Bispebjerg New Hospital and Mental Health Centre is due to start in 2017.

HASSELL is also the designer of the 783-bed Fiona Stanley Hospital in, Perth, Australia, together with Silver Thomas Hanley and Hames Sharley who came together for the project as the Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration (FSHDC). The A$2 billion hospital breaks new ground in hospital design delivering the highest standards of care in a flexible layout that can accommodate future expansion and new developments in clinical treatment and medical technologies. It will welcome its first patients later this year.

Image: Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Australia

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