Design and communication firm, Mara Consulting is on the move, opening up a new office and welcoming two new appointments to the team.
Founder, Kelly Lofberg, said opening the new office located on Maitland Road, Islington has given Mara the ability to expand the team and service a growing market.
“We provide a unique service offering to our clients, combining landscape architecture, urban design and environmental planning with media management, community engagement and government relations services,” Kelly said. “We’ve welcomed two new talented team members to help us meet the growing demand for design and communication services.”
“Annabelle Williams has joined us as a communication and engagement officer, and Kate Bestwick as a landscape designer.”
Mara was founded in 2014 and has developed a reputation as the go to company for some of the region’s leading engineering, planning, architectural and construction firms.
“It seems a little odd at first, but all new developments and infrastructure projects require both design and stakeholder consultation, so for us it’s a perfect fit.”
“We have found that with so many large residential and infrastructure developments in the inner city that developers are increasingly looking for community liaison support as well as a striking landscape design to really make a statement.”
Currently Mara is working on four inner-city projects, including the Wickham Transport Interchange, a mixed use development overlooking the interchange on Hunter Street, a residential development on Parry Street and another residential development on Hannell Street.
“It’s really exciting to be part of so many projects that will change the face of the inner-city of Newcastle,” Kelly concluded.
Image | A Mara Consulting community workshop with Lorn community members for the Hunter River Access project (Maitland City Council project)
Great urban design and landscape architecture is underpinned by effective consultation, that's why at Mara Consulting we've combined design and communication to provide a specialist service to our clients.
Hunter-based, the Mara team has experience across industries, working on projects both here and overseas.
The design division is headed up by Tadd Andersen, providing landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental planning expertise. Kelly Lofberg leads the communication division and brings more than 15 years' experience working in the fields of public affairs, media and communications, government relations and stakeholder engagement.