HASSELL team members Rob Backhouse, Ken Maher and Matthew Pullinger recently discussed HASSELL’s vision for the future with the Australian Financial Review.
HASSELL‘s team, which incorporates landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers and architects, has been able to stay ahead of the kerb during the slowing performance of the construction sector.
“It does really iron out the lumps that our industry is totally subjected to- it’s always up and down. I think we’re levelling that out a lot better than we ever have by sharing the work across the diversity of our talent and expertise,” said Managing Director Rob Backhouse.
Ken Maher, HASSELL Director and Chairman International Executive, said, “there’s probably not as much going on in Sydney as there was a few years ago. It obviously took a dip in the GFC but then it built up a bit- but I think it’s flattened out a bit.”
Managing Principal of the new Sydney studio, Matt Pullinger, says that Sydney’s commercial market is showing signs of improvement.
HASSELL’s work in Sydney includes the Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Centre and the associated public domain known as Darling Harbour Live, a new glasshouse and tropical centre at the Botanic Gardens The Biome Top End, Sydney Light Rail project from Randwick and Kingsford through the heart of the CBD to Circular Quay, the bid for the North West Rail Link enhancing travel along the Sydney North West corridor., the Westconnex urban renewal project, Taylor Square Bike Hub, ANZ’s new Sydney head office workplace and Hub Sydney a collaborative co-working venue.
Rob Backhouse says that the continued success of the firm can be attributed to the HASSELL team not targeting budget and growth but doing what they do as best as they can.