Global architecture firm Woods Bagot has appointed Liam Hale as its new director of defence and security.

The appointment will see Hale support the delivery of the firm’s project management and provide contract administration expertise to defence.

“Woods Bagot’s architectural, design and consulting services to Australia’s Defence Forces are extensive,” said the company’s regional executive chairman Mark Mitcheson-Low. “Liam’s expertise in Defence, gained over a number of high level positions within the Defence Forces, makes him ideally placed for this role as Woods Bagot Director of Defence and Security.”

Liam Hale

Liam Hale

Hale will also use his expertise in operational and strategic planning, training and the development and delivery of facilities to, in Woods Bagot’s words, “address the typically complex problems that are associated with Defence installations.”

Along with extensive academic credentials, Hale holds the title of Lieutenant Colonel and has held various leadership positions since joining the Australian Army in 1988 while also working as an exchange officer with the United States Army National Simulation Centre.

That work saw Hale awarded with the US Army Meritorious Service Medal for his work in support of the Global War on Terror as the centre’s operations officer.

His most recent position saw Hale working as the project director for the Northern Territory at Defence’s Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch. In this role, he was responsible for the delivery of 12 projects with a total value of approximately $1.1 billion dollars.

MRH 60R Australia

Project: MRH 60R Australia

Following his appointment, Hale could already have three major defence projects on his hands. Woods Bagot is currently providing architectural and consulting services in a PPP structure to the Single LEAP 2 live-in accommodation project across Australia, the Defence Logistics Transformation Program (DLTP) Stage 2 Storage and the MH-60R Helicopter, HMAS Albatross and HMAS Stirling facilities Squadron Headquarters, including administration, maintenance and training facilities.

Last year, Woods Bagot also announced they were joining forces with architecture and design firm Rice Daubney on major defence projects worth more than $100 million. While the firms have collaborated on other industry projects in the past, this marked the first time they collaborated in defence.