HASSELL, Arbor Vitae merge

LOCAL landscape architecture firm Arbor Vitae has merged with Australian-owned planning and design firm HASSELL. Anna Chauvel and Andy Sharp, founding partners of Arbor Vitae and now principals at HASSELL, said they believed the merger would strengthen the role of landscape architecture in the important arena of public infrastructure and ecological design. “Western Australia is coming of age and now recognises the value in the design of its public spaces and places, and HASSELL is well placed to provide these crucial services to all levels of government and private development,” Mr Sharp said. Arbor Vitae’s recent projects include town landscape architect roles for Australand’s $500 million Port Coogee Seaside Township, and Mirvac Fini’s $700 million Peninsula urban redevelopment at Burswood. HASSELL chairman Ken Maher said he was delighted about the merger, given Arbor Vitae’s professional reputation, acknowledged design skills, energy and enthusiasm. “They will add depth to the already strong HASSELL team in Perth, and additionally, they will strengthen our landscape architecture discipline, enhancing our reputation as a leading international practice. Their skills will also be utilised in supporting our public domain, sustainability and master planning projects in China and the Middle East,” Mr Maher said.

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