Australia’s apartment boom is proving rewarding for local architects Brown Falconer, with the firm increasing staff numbers and opening the first of two interstate offices to capitalise on ongoing demand across the country.
A veteran in Adelaide’s design sector, Brown Falconer opened its first interstate base in Perth last year marking the start of a significant expansion for the 72-year-old business.
Already responsible for $200m worth of mixed-use projects in and around Adelaide’s CBD, Brown Falconer’s current work includes what will be Adelaide’s tallest apartment building on Frome Rd, and West Franklin – the new $200 million residential development at the old Balfours site.
In Western Australia, Brown Falconer has just commenced construction of the new Butler Town Centre – a long awaited shopping precinct, with other high-profile projects in the pipeline across the country.
Managing Director Mario Dreosti said the business had further plans for expansion on the east coast, with another office intended within the next five years.
“There are currently 1800 apartments under construction across 12 major projects in the Adelaide CBD and a significant number more have been approved for construction,” he said.
“That positive trend is continuing in the east and west of the country where we are seeing greater prospects to contribute to everything from residential, aged care and commercial to health and large scale mixed-use developments.
“It makes sense for us to have people on the ground to service our clients interstate as well as in Adelaide.”
As part of the expansion, Brown Falconer has also refined its core business focus – concentrating on design rather than engineering and incorporating architecture, interior and urban design as specialties.
A 36-strong team including four newly appointed principals and four sector leaders across the commercial/retail, retirement/defence, education, and interiors/workplace sectors have been appointed to lead the firm into the future.
“The new structure will ensure we can continue our hallmarks of enduring contemporary architecture and a service-focused approach throughout our expansion – at the same time as opening up opportunities for further work within the sectors we love to work in,” Mr Dreosti said.