Integrated design practice GHDWoodhead has recruited James Hadaway, who brings more than 25 years of design, strategic planning and procurement experience on major infrastructure projects.

As a Principal Architect and National Transport Facilities Lead, James will work with other GHDWoodhead Principals to further expand the practice’s role in the transport sector.

Stations, terminals and airports are one of the core areas of work for GHDWoodhead. The practice is currently working on stations for the Forrestfield Airport Link in Perth as well as a number of station upgrades around Sydney. Its projects also include the recently completed Perth Busport.

According to James, “Efficient and effective transportation systems are the lifeblood of a city. Urban environments with good transport networks thrive and attract more investment and prosperity, those with lacking systems generally fall into decline. Careful planning in the delivery phase of the project is crucial to create a great transport system that in turn enables a more liveable city.”

James is considered an expert in design and procurement of transport infrastructure, having held the authority to review designs on behalf of Sydney Trains in a number of areas. His planning experience for the Olympics in Sydney and Athens, and the Asian Games in Qatar, has underscored how moving people safely and efficiently is crucial to achieving customer satisfaction.

His key project while with the New South Wales Government was the AUD 2.3 billion Epping to Chatswood Rail Link in Sydney, which won the prestigious Institute of Architects Sir Zelman Cowen and Sulman awards in 2010. He has also worked on the AUD 1.8 billion South West Rail Link and the Sydney Metro Northwest.

James adds, “The integration of architecture and engineering is the main draw card for me in joining GHDWoodhead. Architecture must work hand in glove with engineering to produce quality passenger experiences. We see this more and more with clients setting up integrated project offices. GHDWoodhead has the benefits of the collaborative design team in-house, which is very exciting.”

Michael Hegarty, National Practice Leader, says, “We are delighted to welcome James, who brings an incredible understanding of how design can realise the vision of transport operators while creating an inviting experience for passengers.

“Not only are transport facilities highly complex projects in their own right, they are frequently the catalyst for the urban renewal of surrounding precincts.

“As an integrated practice, we are able to combine architecture with other disciplines such as planning, interiors and sustainability to create transport facilities that embody the travel experience and celebrate the identity of the local community.”

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