Public sector helps East buck downward trend

Landscape, architecture and urban design firm East has bucked the downward economic trend and is hiring three new members of staff.

The 12-strong team at East is soon to become 15.

Public sector work has helped, said East director Dann Jessen.

"We are not feeling the pressure at the moment," said Jessen, who runs the firm with Judith Lösing and Julian Lewis.

"We do a lot of parks and public realm projects and the Government is encouraging public spending at the moment."

East is involved in working on the East London Green Grid project, which won the Landscape Institute's President's Award at a ceremony on 20 November.

The practice is also currently involved in work on masterplans for Farringdon and Rainham, as well as a parks scheme led by the New Cross New Deal for Communities.

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