International multi-disciplinary design practice HBO+EMTB has appointed Paul Weston as Head of Architecture in the group’s Melbourne studio.

The appointment is part of the design firm’s new focus on transport infrastructure, health and education.

HBO+EMTB has a strong rail transport pedigree in Victoria, having designed the new Williams Landing Station east of Werribee for Transport Victoria as well as the award winning Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility for Vic Rail.

HBO+EMTB managing director Kevin Fitzgerald said Paul Weston joins the firm with a strong background in infrastructure and related sectors. The Melbourne studio is refocusing on this area following an increased presence in residential sector.

He explains that the residential segment is past a cyclical peak while the demand for infrastructure, particularly transport related projects, will continue to grow. Paul’s recent experience has been centred on large technically complex projects and his architectural talents, complemented by his outstanding project management and project delivery skills ideally equip him for this new role within the group.

Paul has played a leading role in many significant Melbourne public sector projects, most recently the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), an $850 million public private partnership (PPP), where he was a senior project leader.

In terms of experience in the transport sector, Paul has had senior roles in a multitude of aviation projects, including the Melbourne International Airport $330 million Strategic Terminal Expansion Project (2004-6) and the design and delivery of a number of new international aircraft gates and logistics projects over a several years including the Airbus 380 project.

He was also the design leader for John Holland Aviation Services’ 2010 JetStar Facility feasibility study and for the Victorian Government’s $130 million Aviation Training Academy feasibility study and business case.

Paul will play a key role in the Melbourne HBO+EMTB practice working with Tina Bernadi, who is responsible for interiors and workplace solutions, and Mark Stolz, who manages Urban and Landscape Design.