Architecture firm Cottee Parker has continued its national expansion, establishing new offices in Sydney and Perth in a move that will help showcase their architectural vision across the country.
Founded in 1989, Cottee Parker are a leading innovator when it comes to creating considered design solutions for Australia’s built environment, and their expansion across Australia is the natural next step for their growing brand.
Some of the firm’s most recent notable contributions to the urban landscape include the new Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residencies at Elizabeth Quay in Perth, and the Upper West Side residential development in Melbourne.
Managing director of Cottee Parker, Matthew Caswell, says the ability to offer a national presence for the development industry is an essential part in what they hope to achieve over the coming years.
“By expanding into Sydney and Perth we have been able to strengthen the resilience of the business to any downturn and with the advent of cloud servers we are now able to draw upon staff in any of the offices to work on a project, should one office get busy,” Caswell said.
“This gives us greater flexibility in resourcing and allows our staff to work in the city that they prefer, while ensuring that projects across the country have access to the expertise and experience our studios can offer.”
The success of the long-held ambition to expand the practice will help promote design collaboration and diversify the market sectors that Cottee Parker are invested in – with their projects now spanning the multi-residential, retail, industrial, commercial and retirement living sectors.
Caswell says the impact the expansion will have is particularly beneficial to developers, by allowing them to cast a wider net and strengthen interstate relationships.
“The most immediate benefit is for our clients who are Sydney-based and are working on projects in other states. The new Sydney office allows them a way to have ready contact with their architect without having to travel as much themselves,” Caswell said.
“A further benefit from having a more diverse practice in both Perth and Sydney coming online, is that we have been able to attract architects with some fantastic skills that have really strengthened the service offering that we are now able to provide our clients.”
In July, 2017, Cottee Parker merged with the Sydney-based architects JPRA to further its acquisition of signature city-based projects.
JPRA has a similar 30-year history of delivering design outcomes, largely in areas of luxury houses, multi-residential buildings, retirement living and commercial projects.
Caswell says the future for Cottee Parker may entail a revival of projects in regional areas where the firm has been most active, from Northern New South Wales to Far North Queensland.
Cottee Parker’s original Brisbane office is currently completing the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Integrated Resort Development, which is set to be unveiled in 2022.