On behalf of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the Department), GANSW launched the NSW State Design Review Panel (SDRP) in April 2018. The design review pilot program was established to deliver the principles and ambitions of Better Placed and to provide a consistent, state-wide approach to reviewing the design quality of State Significant projects.
SDRP panellists are drawn from a pool of independent and highly qualified members with expertise in different types of development including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and heritage. The members represent a variety of skills across design in the built environment and bring a diversity of experience and insight.
Over two years of operation the SDRP reviewed $8.8 billion worth of projects. There were over 90 SDRP sessions and 160 projects were reviewed. Close to half of the projects were schools, with the remainder including student and affordable housing, hospitals, universities, public institutions, new precincts, sport facilities and private mixed-use developments.
The SDRP contributes to good design by offering practical advice which proponents can action. It provides a structured forum in which critical issues can be raised earlier in the development process, helping proponents to make well-informed decisions about the design development of proposals. It is highly valued by the Department’s Planning and Assessment Group and contributes to the coordination and streamlining of approval processes by providing confidence to the consent authority on the design quality of State Significant projects.
In September 2019 additional panel members were appointed to support both the increase in scope of projects being reviewed by the panel and the need to address a shortfall in identified specialist expertise areas including landscape architecture, heritage, education design, hospital design, strategic urban design and environmental design. The panel has also been enhanced with the addition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel members with expertise in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage to champion opportunities to Design with Country.
GANSW now invites suitably experienced and qualified industry experts to apply for the NSW SDRP. GANSW is committed to ensuring that the NSW SDRP can provide project teams with the benefit of insights from a diverse group of experts. GANSW strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, people with disabilities, regional practitioners and other diversity groups.
There will be a virtual information session for potential panel members on 19 August 2020. Please refer to the eTendering link below to register for the information session and to download the RFP documents.
Applications will close at 4PM on 24 August 2020.