Two new members of staff have joined Grant Associates’ Singapore office, which has moved to larger premises at Tras Street in Tanjong Pagar – a historic district within the city’s Central Business District. Zhang Yuan joins from Ballistic Architecture Machine in Beijing and winner or three awards at the 2016 Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) Student Design Awards - Outstanding Graphic Presentation (Gold), Planting Design (Gold) and Best Design Showcase (Silver) - Tan Wei Lin, joins as a graduate.
Grant Associates opened an office in Singapore following the success of Gardens by the Bay in the city state, which the firm masterplanned and designed. It won several high-profile contracts in Singapore, South East Asia and Australia as a result. Gardens by the Bay’ Supertree Grove was also praised by David Attenborough in the TV series Planet Earth 2, as "perhaps the most spectacular example of city greening". Attenborough also praised Singapore’s efforts to integrate green infrastructure into the urban environment.
The practice’s current projects underway in the region include Funan Mall and mixed-use development Paya Lebar Quarter in Singapore, and Barangaroo in Sydney. Recently completed projects include Capitol Development in Singapore and Afiniti in Medini, Malaysia.
The office is led by senior associate Mike Wood who said: "Zhang Yuan and Wei Lin are both highly talented creatives and welcome additions to our team in Singapore. It is through appointments like these that we intend to develop our team, and build on our portfolio in the region.
"Our investment in new talent and new premises is also a demonstration of our commitment to being part of Singapore’s journey towards becoming a ‘City in a Garden’, and our aim to influence the development of environmentally sensitive schemes across South East Asia and beyond."
In the UK, Grant Associates' current projects include a re-design of The Queen’s Gardens, formerly known as Town Hall Gardens, in Croydon, part of a larger regeneration area revealed in the Mid Croydon Masterplan.