News / May 2019
Monday 27 May 2019
HASSELL included within Western Australia's first State Design Review Panel

Five HASSELL people have been selected to join Western Australia's first State Design Review Panel, created to oversee the design quality of major new development proposals in Western Australia.

The newly-appointed design review panel consists of 37 experts from the core disciplines of planning, architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, and 13 specialists with expertise in heritage, sustainability, engineering and public health.

HASSELL Director Peter Lee along with Senior Associates Natalie Busch and Morag Lee, Associate Robina Crook, and HASSELL Fellow Ken Maher will provide recommendations and guidance on major development proposal designs, in time for the State Government's new Design WA policy.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Planning John Carey MLA said that having a panel of this calibre, with the potential to positively influence significant projects, presents an opportunity for the State to lead by example.

“It demonstrates that creating more vibrant, liveable communities is the responsibility of both government and private sector and spans the entire range of developments - be they commercial, residential, civic or mixed-use." John said.

Monday 27 May 2019
Sydney metro north west stations and precincts open to the public

Australia’s biggest public transport project, Sydney Metro, has officially opened to the public, delivering a turn up and go rail service from Tallawong to Chatswood.

With 13 stations and 4000 commuter car parking spaces, Sydney Metro North West Metro is Australia’s first fully accessible railway, which will deliver fast, safe and reliable travel.

At full operation, trains will run every four minutes in each direction at peak times, with the ability to run up to every two minutes in the future.

HASSELL, working as the architect and landscape architect for the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium, was responsible for the design of all the stations and precincts. The distinctive station entrances, plazas and parks add a new amenity, colour and convenience to Sydney’s northwest and will become focal points for the local community for generations to come.

Included in the HASSELL design are new community facilities and parklands at Cheltenham, the project’s large train maintenance facility at Tallawong, a suite of multi-level car parks, pedestrian bridges and utility buildings, as well as the 4km parkland and cycleway between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill.

HASSELL Principal and Design Director Ross de la Motte said this project has not only helped to transform the city, but also those who worked on the project.

“As a designer, it’s rare to be able to work on projects of this scale and importance. We have had team members of all levels being able to develop their experience and grow within their profession, some who started their career with us when we first commenced work on the project six years ago,” Ross said.

“This is a world class project delivered by Australian designers for the people of northwest Sydney. I really hope they get great pleasure from using the stations and the Metro.  It will change the way people travel and the way they live. To be involved in and have an influence on that is really quite special,” he said.

Photography: Cath Bowen

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Friday 17 May 2019
HASSELL Head of Design relocates to London studio

HASSELL Principal and Head of Design (Landscape Architecture), Angus Bruce, will be relocating to the UK from the end of May 2019 to help grow the HASSELL landscape architecture capability in the region.

Angus’s experience includes delivering some of the largest and most awarded landscape architecture projects in Australia and Asia, including the Transformation of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Nanjing Tangshan Geopark Museum, and Sydney North West Metro public realm and green infrastructure corridor. He will continue to work on international projects while also focusing on the growing number of public realm and urban design project opportunities arising within the UK and European region.

Angus said that the relocation reinforces the commitment HASSELL has to city shaping urban design and landscape architecture in the UK and Europe.

“With more than 80 years’ experience across the globe, HASSELL has extensive capability working across architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. We’re excited to be bringing greater focus to developing our landscape architecture practice in the region and see this as the perfect time to turn the heat up in this exciting part of the world,” Angus said.

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Thursday 16 May 2019
HASSELL announced as part of team to deliver $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project

The Queensland Government has announced the companies selected to build Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure investment, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Project.

Cross River Rail will enable the extra network capacity required to operate higher frequency public transport that connects with other services and supports other network growth projects, helping to ease the pressure of road congestion, making Brisbane and the whole of South East Queensland even more liveable.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, the project’s major works packages will be delivered by the following world-class consortia:

The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership will be delivered by PULSE.

The PULSE consortium is led by CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM, Ghella, and HASSELL.

The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership will deliver the underground section of the project, including the twin tunnels from Dutton Park to Normanby and the construction of four new, state-of-the-art underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street. The TSD will also provide a property development opportunity above Albert Street station.

The Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance will be delivered by UNITY Alliance.

UNITY Alliance brings together CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, and partners HASSELL, RCS Australia, Acmena, Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions.

HASSELL Principal Caroline Diesner said this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the city of Brisbane.

“Opportunities to work on projects such as Cross River Rail are rare and to be able to help shape the way people commute and use public transport in Brisbane is truly exciting,” Caroline said.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019
Introducing Rebecca Mortimore

Recently appointed Principal Rebecca Mortimore believes the key to good design is putting people at the centre. 

“HASSELL is leading the field on a people-first design approach. We place the needs of the user at the heart of every project, because from this come buildings that occupants love and where discovery and learning can flourish,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca brings with her more than 25 years of experience designing and delivering complex, technical projects for a wide range of clients, including leading universities, scientific institutions and commercial organisations.

Her knowledge and expertise in the higher education sector and significant experience in leading project teams will enhance the HASSELL offer in a fiercely competitive market.

HASSELL Principal Julian Gitsham says Rebecca’s experience is the ideal complement to the practice’s expanding portfolio in the UK and globally.

“We have carved out a strong reputation in the higher education space, working with the likes of the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Brighton to help bridge the gap between academia and industry,” says Julian. 

“Rebecca’s experience builds on this, and further equips us to address the needs of clients in an increasingly complex market.”

Prior to joining HASSELL, Rebecca worked at Sheppard Robson and NBBJ in London leading a series of high profile projects including School of Technologies at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Jenner Building at The Pirbright Institute, Royce Institute in Manchester, and the Materials Science building at the University of Cambridge. 

Rebecca said the collaborative design culture of HASSELL and its impressive global portfolio were major drawcards for joining the practice.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the talented team at such a critical phase of the practice’s growth in the UK region.”

Rebecca will continue in her role as a Professional Practice Tutor at the University of Westminster and a Co-Chair of the LB Wandsworth and Richmond Design Review Panel.

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Monday 13 May 2019
Climate challenges explored in Making the City 2019 speaker series

How do cities plan, design, and implement strategies which address the environmental challenges of the future? The 2019 Making the City speaker series is a collection of six events from March to October, and will examine key cultural and design practices that contribute to the quality, amenity, and character of present day cities.

Hosted at the Peter Shergold Building at Western Sydney University, the May session of MTC 2019 will focus on Resilience. HASSELL Principal David Tickle is included on the panel, tapping into the recent work building social and ecological resilience strategies for San Francisco Bay as part of the Resilient by Design challenge. Other panellists include Beck Dawson (City of Sydney), Adrian McGregor (McGregor Coxall), and Helen Papathanasiou (City of Paramatta), all exploring ways that cities can plan, design, and implement strategies which address the environmental challenges of the future.

Making the City speaker series is a collaboration between Western Sydney University, City of Parramatta, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.

You can find more information and register to attend the event here.

Thursday 9 May 2019
HASSELL and iph secure Perth Zoo 20 year master plan

Perth Zoo, Australia, is embarking on a journey to define an exciting new strategic master plan and has engaged HASSELL and Iredale Pederson Hook (iph) to lay the foundations for the zoo’s development in coming years.

HASSELL will combine expert master planning experience, public realm design, understanding of global zoo design trends, and in particular indepth knowledge of Perth Zoo, to deliver a master plan vision cognisant of emerging trends in conservation, animal exhibits and visitor experience.

HASSELL Principal Anthony Brookfield said it is an exciting time for Perth Zoo and for HASSELL to help increase animal and patron experience. 

“We are delighted to have the opportunity of working with Perth Zoo and our partners iph to establish a creative and ambitious vision; one which enriches both animal and patron experience while supporting the important zoo conservation and breeding programs,” Anthony said. 


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Tuesday 7 May 2019
Brookfield and Chevron officially announce partnership in the development of Chevron’s new headquarters

The Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister for Transport and Planning, along with Chevron and Brookfield have celebrated a major milestone for Perth’s Elizabeth Quay. Brookfield will purchase, develop and lease back a 30-storey tower at Elizabeth Quay, Perth, to Chevron Australia Pty Ltd.

The 54,000-sqm tower will have a range of amenities including retail, hospitality, a gymnasium, and a childcare located on the lower podium levels with a native landscaped roof terrace. A two-level basement will contain car parking, extensive bicycle parking and state of the art end-of-trip facilities.

The distinctive curved façade responds to the unique site location and has been designed to optimise views over the Swan River and the Supreme Court Gardens. The highly permeable ground floor space and surrounding landscape architecture also designed by HASSELL.

HASSELL Principal, Peter Dean, said that this is an exciting opportunity to realise an internationally recognisable, high quality piece of architecture for the city of Perth.

"We are proud to be designing such an important project for this prominent waterfront location that will be a new distinctive addition to Perth’s Skyline,” Peter said.

“As the architects and landscape architects for the project we will be able to highlight the truly interdisciplinary capabilities of HASSELL in Perth, promoting our city as an international destination for natural resources professionals,” he said.

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Thursday 2 May 2019
HASSELL wins major workplace innovation award in London

HASSELL has again earned recognition as a global leader in workplace design, winning the London Innovation Award from the British Council of Offices (BCO) for Fora Borough.

Fora is carving out a point of difference within the fast-developing international workplace market with its ‘pro-working’ model, focussing on thoughtful design and a commitment to first class service. HASSELL worked closely with Fora to explore its values and aspirations – and translate those into design principles that allow Fora to consistently deliver “spaces to be brilliant” for its residents.

Borough is the first Fora location to use the HASSELL-created design principles, and it’s already become a benchmark for other sites under development.

In selecting Fora Borough for the award, the BCO judges praised the “openness of the ground floor, which hosts a café and restaurant and helps to build a community between the office and its neighbourhood”.

HASSELL Principal Matthew Blain said this award is welcome recognition given the team’s hard work and growing reputation as global leaders in workplace design.

“HASSELL has worked on some of the highest profile co-working spaces around the globe. Combining this design insight with Fora’s progressive approach to design has clearly paid off,” Matthew said.

“Fora had a very clear goal in mind – and for that to be recognised is testament to the talent and efforts of everyone involved in the project,” he said.

Fora co-founder, Katrina Larkin, also acknowledged the value HASSELL has brought to helping Fora achieve its vision.

“Working with HASSELL has proven to be a fruitful relationship for Fora – with collaboration across a number of projects – their experience, diligence and dedication towards designing innovative workspace has established Fora Borough as a space that enables its residents to be brilliant, as recognised by the BCO judging panel, differentiating it from the rest of the pack,” Katrina said.

This recognition builds on the success HASSELL experienced at the 2017 BCO awards, when Sky Central, won the Best Corporate Workplace and Best of the Best awards.

Established in 1992, the primary objective of the BCO Awards is to define excellence in office space and publicly recognise top-quality design and functionality as a benchmark for workplaces. More information on the awards can be found here.

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