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    HASSEL’s Singapore merger strengthens international presence

    Nathan Johnson

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    HASSELL have merged with award winning Singapore-based design practice, Distillery and are confident that it will diversify and strengthen their client offering.

    Distillery is renowned for its work in the luxury hospitality and retail sectors and has won awards for various restaurant and bar projects including the internationally acclaimed Manhattan Bar at the Singapore Regent and 28 Hong Kong Street.

    The merger, effective from July 2015, will bring together the two firm’s creativity, knowledge and resource base for the benefit of clients in South East Asia and globally.

    HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse says Distillery was known for its exceptional high-end hospitality portfolio and that their experience will bring a new dimension to the HASSELL offering.

    “The Distillery team has worked with brands including Hyatt, Alila, Aman Resorts, GMH, Intercontinental, Taj Hotels and Four Seasons,” says Backhouse.

    “They have an intrinsic knowledge of the luxury hotel sector that they will bring to HASSELL.”

    Similarly, Distillery Principal Paul Semple notes that the merger will bring together design talent for widespread benefit.

    “The merger has brought together two like-minded design teams,” Semple states.

    “Our clients both in Singapore and internationally will benefit from the collective design talent, knowledge and resource base of the two practices,”

    This is the latest of a number of decisions HASSELL has made to strengthen its commitment to Singapore as a hub for its international practice. It follows the appointment of Su Lim to the new role of global Head of Client Engagement based in Singapore and the recent relocation of Principal and Board member, Caroline Diesner, from Perth to Singapore.

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