Place Design Group has appointed Martin Wilshire as Senior Landscape Architect.

The company announced that it was a natural step, in line with their involvement in the development and expansion of the community, to appoint someone with significant experience in the area and who valued close industry connections to grow the team.

Wilshire, ex Townsville City Council, comes with over 23 years professional landscape architecture experience, with a diverse background from Toowoomba to Brisbane, Gold Coast and Singapore. Having been in Townsville for 14 years, he originally started with Wal Smith, now PLACE Design Group Townsville Principal, at WSA before moving across to Delfin where he had a strong interest in creating an environment in which people wanted to live within a planned community.

Having worked across both private and public sector, Wilshire has can lay claim to working on major projects such as Airlie Beach Lagoon, Sun City Gold Coast, RURCH (Apex Park) Townsville, Tamasek Tower Singapore, and as the Landscape Design Manager on the master plan of residential community, Riverside Gardens in Townsville.

Smith said Townsville has experienced some challenging times over the past twelve months “but we are starting to see the early signs of growth and on a wider scope there is a wealth of opportunities across North Queensland that are starting to turn the wheels”. 

“Having [Wilshire's] experience on the team will enable Place Design Group to further expand our regional capabilities with new projects in Cairns coming on line in 2014 and local Townsville developers showing signs of taking some projects off the shelf."

 Over the coming months PLACE Design Group will be involved in the supervision of the Jezzine Barracks Parkland Redevelopment final construction and residential subdivision Fairways, in addition to projects at Bushland Beach and Redlynch. 

Wilshire will be heading up the team on The Village, a residential subdivision on the banks of the Ross River developed by Economic Development Queensland.