Place Design Group expands offering in NQ

Place Design Group has announced Hywel Jones Landscape Architects merger with their Townsville-based team, expanding the company’s offering in North Queensland (Qld).

The deal brings together two of the region’s leading design firms, adding a breadth of experience to the local Place Design Group team.

Wal Smith, Place Design Group Townsville Director, said Hywel Jones Landscape Architects presented a unique opportunity for the group, a national leader in planning and design, to further build its presence in the regional market.

“We are extremely excited to have Hywel Jones Landscape Architects become a valuable addition to the Place Design Group team and for the opportunity to grow our landscape architecture, master planning, urban design and strategic planning capabilities,” Mr Smith said.

“Our reputation in this space is strengthened with the acquisition of such a respected and successful company, and we are thrilled to have Hywel Jones Landscape Architects come on board.

“This will ensure our client services on the ground in Townsville and the North Qld region continues to grow in line with demand.”

A highly-regarded and nationally-awarded designer, Hywel Jones has more than 20 years’ experience working with clients and local authorities throughout regional Queensland and northern Australia. Mr Jones said he looked forward to bringing his industry experience to the Place Design Group team. “It’s been an amazing journey getting to this point, and building on our team’s success by joining an accomplished firm like Place Design Group was the next logical step,”

Mr Jones said. “Place Design Group has built a strong reputation across Australia, China and South East Asia with projects such as The Strand, Jezzine Barracks, Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Sheraton Dameisha Resort, Dee Why Town Centre Masterplan, and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. I am looking forward to contributing to the group’s vision of creating great places not only in Townsville, but throughout Australia and internationally.”

Place Design Group is an award-winning leader in planning and design with a reputation for creative and commercial solutions. The company has many significant projects currently across Queensland, including Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation, Aura, Toondah Harbour, and The Big Pineapple, and more locally The Village Residential Estate, CBD Streetscape, and Townsville Waterfront.

Place Design Group Managing Director Shaun Munday said Mr Jones and Mr Smith would offer clients more than 60 years’ combined experience in the industry.

“Our Townsville growth will deliver considerable benefit to our clients and our business through talent, capability, and capacity. This will not only benefit locally but more broadly across our Australian and international teams as we continue to work collaboratively.

“Building on our strong reputation and consultancy platform, and elevating our growth across strategic planning, community consultation and strategic communications, we will continue to create great places now and into the future,” Mr Munday said.