Grant Associates seeks more work in Asia after strengthening its Singapore office

August 20, 2014

Bath-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates is expanding its presence in Singapore to meet growing demand for its services across Asia and Australia.

The firm, which is involved in Singapore’s dramatic £500m Gardens by the Bay project, has recruited four more staff to the office adding international expertise and experience to the existing team led by senior associate Carly Lamb and senior landscape architect Aymara Izquiel-Langley.

Both have been key players in the creation of Gardens by the Bay, one of the largest garden projects of its kind in the world which will ultimately cover 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore’s new downtown area.

The new strategic appointments in Singapore include:

  • Mike Wood, who joins as senior associate following 15 years leading high-profile projects in Australia, Asia, Middle East and the UK.
  • Stefaan Lambreghts, who joins as an associate after 15 years working on some of the highest-profile landscape projects in the Middle East.
  • Singaporean landscape architects Yvonne Yung and Mayura Patil.

In addition to masterplanning and designing Gardens by the Bay, Grant Associates has a significant portfolio of work in Asia including landscape and public realm design for the Capitol Development and Institute of Technical Education in Singapore, the Tun Razak Exchange and Bukit Jelutong in Kuala Lumpur and more strategic planning for the Endau Rompin National Park in Malaysia.

The company is also working on the new Vietnamese-German University in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, and the master plan for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Public Domain in Sydney, Australia, in addition to a number of projects in China, India and Indonesia.

Grant Associates said it is keen to build on its success in the region with these new strategic appointments, while helping redefine the role of landscape architecture in Asia into a discipline that fundamentally influences the form, character and life of cities and places.

Director Andrew Grant said: “Singapore is an exciting place where design and environment are high on the agenda of new thinking. It is at the heart of one of the busiest and most ambitious development regions in the world and is leading the way in environmentally innovative planning and design.

“We’re keen to be an influential part of this journey and believe Singapore offers the perfect location and business environment to allow us to grow as a company.”

He believes landscape architecture will be increasingly important to Singapore and the wider region.

“The pressure will grow to protect and enhance areas of high natural quality and biodiversity, whilst the pressure from urbanisation and high density living will require even more innovative ways to deliver the necessary open space and green environment so essential for a tropical city,” he said. “Landscape architects will play a crucial role in helping public and private sector clients meet these challenges.”

Senior associate at Grant Associates in Singapore, Carly Lamb, added: “We would like to see our Singapore office branching out across the whole of South East Asia and be an award-winning design practice delivering unique and innovative landscapes in both urban and natural environments.”

Pictured: The expanded Grant Associates team in Singapore


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