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Architect GHDWoodhead names transport boss

Design practice GHDWoodhead has named former NSW Government transport planner James Hadaway as its new lead for transport facilities design.

A release from the group on Wednesday said Hadaway has 25 years’ experience in the transport sector, including extensive experience reviewing designs on behalf of Sydney Trains in a number of areas.

He has worked on planning for the Olympics in Sydney and Athens, as well as the Asian Games in Qatar, demonstrating an understanding of how to move people safely and efficiently through transport infrastructure, the firm said.

“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,” national practice leader Michael Hegarty said.

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

Hadaway’s key project in his former role at the NSW Government was with the $2.3 billion Epping to Chatswood Rail Link in Sydney.

He also worked on the South West Rail Link and Sydney Metro Northwest.

“Efficient and effective transportation systems are the lifeblood of a city,” Hadaway said.

“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.”

Hadaway said the integration of architecture and engineering was “the main draw card” for him to join GHDWoodhead.

“Architecture must work hand in glove with engineering to produce quality passenger experiences,” he reasoned.

“We see this more and more with clients setting up integrated offices.”