Darling Quarter wins National Urban Design Award

June 29, 2012

Darling Quarter in Sydney has taken out the main prize at the 2012 Australia Awards for Urban Design, hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) in Canberra.

The redevelopment of Darling Quarter has been awarded the 2012 Australia Award for Urban Design in the Delivered Outcome – large scale category at the 2012 Australia Awards for Urban Design, presented on Tuesday night. The design involved input from Lend Lease, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), Aspect Studios and Hyder Consulting.

The jury, consisting of experienced practitioners from supporting organisations, praised Darling Quarter for creating a dynamic mix of commercial and public space. The project comprises grassed community areas, a children’s theatre, a retail terrace and a large illuminated water playground.

Darling Quarter, by Aspect Studios. Photo by Florian Groehn


National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, Dyan Currie, said Darling Quarter represents an iconic and significant space, and is an innovative design “that offers a more activated public domain with great connectivity to create a place that can be shared by a wide range of city users”.

“Darling Quarter contributes significantly to its surrounding urban environment and has great presence with eye-catching architecture and sustainability features,” Ms Currie said.

Brisbane's River Quay. This photo and featured photo courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).


Brisbane’s riverfront project River Quay took out the award in the Delivered Outcome – small scale category. Designed with the input of Arkhefield and Cardno S.P.L.A.T Landscape Architects, the project was praised by the jury for its response to a wide range of considerations, including natural heritage and sustainability.

In the Policies Programs and Concepts category, Campement Urban’s vision for Penrith entitled ‘The Future of Penrith, Penrith of the Future’ took out the award for projects of a large scale, while McGregor Coxalll’s concept for the Parramatta riverfront won the small scale prize in the category.

The awards ceremony is supported by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Consult Australia, Green Building Council of Australia, Property Council of Australia and the Urban Design Forum. The awards were hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia, and presented at the Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) dinner at the National Gallery Australia in Canberra.

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