DesignInc is wrapping up a very successful 2019 as this year, winning design competitions and tenders, completing projects, receiving industry awards and seeing Australia- and world-firsts come to realisation.

It has been a year filled with victories, challenges and significant growth, and it is with great thanks to the DesignInc team, our clients and collaborators who are all key to our success. Here are some of the project highlights and milestones in each of our sectors.


The first stage of Lindfield Learning Village (above) opened in 2019, and was received with much interest and enthusiastic support from parents. It welcomed an intake of 350 primary and secondary students, with another 65 students commencing school in January 2020.

DesignInc strongly supports the progressive education model Lindfield Learning Village offers and were delighted to see Stage 1 of the development win the Adaptive Re-use category in Master Builders Association of NSW (MBA) Excellence of Construction Awards 2019. Development of the old UTS Kuring-Gai Campus is continuing in stages, and the completed school will cater to 2000 students with 200 teachers from kindergarten to Year 12.

Ultimo Public School (below) will also welcome its first intake of students in January 2020 with construction nearing completion. The redevelopment and expansion of the school provides an imaginative environment for young children and celebrates the steep, terraced site of the former quarry on which it is built. Each terrace is a distinct playground level designed for different ages of children: kindergarten, years one and two, and years three to six.

Finigan School of Distance Education opened in November 2019. DesignInc served as head design consultant, inheriting the concept design from the Government Architect NSW. We worked in association with Canberra-based Robert Thorne Architecture to deliver the purpose-built facility with interactive spaces and technology to support distance education.

Transport & Infrastructure

DesignInc continues to work with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on its Transport Access Program (TAP), upgrading stations to provide safe and equitable access to the platform and improved staff and customer facilities. This includes heritage-sympathetic interventions at Hazelbrook, North Strathfield, Glenbrook and Kingswood railway stations, which are currently under construction and nearing completion.

We will also work with TfNSW on the redevelopment of Redfern Station. TfNSW selected DesignInc’s concept design for the station, which includes a 6-metre-wide concourse across the rail corridor between Marian and Little Eveleigh streets to help renew the Redfern and North Eveleigh precinct. It also includes new entrances, lifts and stairs to improve accessibility and reduce congestion.

Sydney Metro Northwest (above) officially opened to the public on 26 May 2019. DesignInc worked closely with TfNSW and Salini Impregilo to deliver the design, documentation and construction services for the civil works, station platforms and viaducts along the 4.5-kilometre stretch of railway track between Chatswood and Rouse Hill. It also includes the first twin cable-stayed bridge of its kind in Australia, and has been internationally recognised for its innovation and sustainability. US-based Engineering News Record (ENR) awarded Sydney Metro Northwest as 2018 Project of the Year and 2018 Global Best Project for the railway sector.

In another first – not only in Australia, but in the world – the new Manly Vale (above) commuter car park designed by DesignInc has been wrapped in a Breathing Wall, developed by Junglefy in association with UTS. The advanced, modular green-wall system accelerates the removal of air pollutants and acts as a sound barrier. In doing so, it improves acoustics and air quality and cools the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs. The car park is part of the architectural, urban design and landscape services that DesignInc is providing for the Northern Beaches B-Line rapid bus service between Mona Vale and Sydney CBD. A pedestrian bridge in Brookvale linking the Westfield Shopping Centre and Community Health Centre is due for completion in the coming weeks.

Multiple projects have been recently completed and are still underway at Sydney Airport’s Domestic and International Terminals. This includes retail space, office fitouts, bicycle storage, car park, bussing facilities, check-in and food court spaces, as well as a new Companion Relief Area to help provide a more stress-free travel experience for working dogs, assistance animals and their humans.

Newcastle Airport (above) is expanding its terminal and engaged DesignInc to develop a 20-year masterplan and a staging plan for implementation in the coming years. Our Architecture and Urban & Landscape design teams are working together to develop a forecourt that reflects the local identity and character of the area to provide a distinctive arrival and departure experience.

Landscape & Urban

NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Cardno engaged DesignInc to develop the designs for McCarthy Reserve Park and Memorial Fields, which are being relocated due to stage 1 of the F6 Extension.

McCarthy Reserve Park includes new amenities, sports fields, skate park and children’s play areas. The surrounding landscape of Rockdale wetlands inspired the design of the park, which will also educate the public about wetland ecology. Brighton Memorial Fields includes sports pitches, fields, play area, picnic area, car park and amenities building. The placemaking strategy for the site centres around the history of the armed forces in the Rockdale area and a detailed history of major events on a national scale. These memorial references relate to local soldiers, national wars and the representation of indigenous people and women in the armed forces.

A new landscaped area and bike path under the M4 viaduct is part of the beautification of the WestConnex between Granville and Harris Park. Seating, planting, paving pattern and signage improves connectivity, placemaking and wayfinding, and ultimately enhances the user experience.

Community & Civic Buildings

Shellharbour Civic Hub (above) is received multiple accolades since it opened in 2018. This includes the 2019 NSW Architecture Award for Public Architecture and the 2019 ALIA Australian Library Design Awards in the public library category, and the NSW AIA Public Architecture Award in July 2019.

Richard Does, DesignInc Design Director and Partner, also used Shellharbour Civic Hub as a case study in his presentation about “Biophilia and Place” at the inaugural Illawarra Design Excellence Symposium, held on Friday 8 November at University of Wollongong Innovation Campus and hosted in partnership with the Property Council of Australia. Shellharbour Civic Hub is inspired by its natural surroundings and is a subliminal representation of Shellharbour’s coastal landscape. As Richard described, “Architecture and urban design have a responsibility to the place they occupy, as well as to the places that are created. The experience of the built environment can be enriched by borrowing cues from the natural environment that surrounds it.”

The new Paramatta Civic Centre (above) has moved closer to realisation with a reworked design of the façade system, which is now in development application. The complex façade is a tessellated envelopment that extends from Parramatta Town Hall Auditorium across Paramatta Civic Centre in a futuristic wave. The building shape follows the sun’s trajectory and the tessellations are angled to become vertical at the northeast corner where they rise to create a civic spire. The folded shape of the façade allows most of the windows to face south east, minimising solar heat gain and glare and eliminating the need for external shading.

Residential & Boarding House

There has been a growing demand for, and supply of new generation boarding houses, which provide a low-cost rental option for those who don’t want or can’t afford typical apartments or single-dwelling homes. Potts Point Boarding House (above) is one such building we look forward to developing, with the DA submitted to council. Offering affordable housing for young urban professionals, the new generation boarding house will make better use of a tight corner site in Potts Point, replacing a triple garage currently being used for storage.


We are also waiting on DA approval (expected in December 2019) for the conversion of an existing warehouse building in Bella Vista into a new headquarters for the nutritional supplement company Bio Island. DesignInc has worked in collaboration with STUDIO A+ Architects based in Beijing to create an ecologically friendly workplace that matches the corporate culture of Bio Island.


Rounding out DesignInc’s project review, TfNSW’s new Customer Service Centre (above) opened at Circular Quay. Designed by our Interior Design team, the 66-square-metre project may have been small in size, but it required extensive design, heritage and technology considerations to ensure it operates efficiently and improves the customer experience.

From all of us here at DesignInc Sydney, we wish you a joyous holiday season with peace and cheer in the New Year!