Innovative Design

This Award recognises firms who have demonstrated outstanding innovation in any aspect of the design process. 


Ezone University of Western Australia Innovative Structural Solution

Pritchard Francis

EZONE UWA is a new learning, teaching and research hub for Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Western Australia. The project demonstrates excellence in engineering, architecture and sustainability with a number of innovative structural design solutions implemented.

Albion Park Rail Bypass Design & Construct


This multi-disciplinary project delivered innovation in three key areas; Structure, Geotechnical and Flooding. Innovative pergola-type integral bridges, soft soil treatments and flooding innovations that were able to reduce the total bridges length (across the project), provided reduction in costs and risk for the project.

Frenchman's Creek Bridge Replacement


Highly constrained site, together with commitment to maintain continuous Road Train access in the corridor, led to an innovative idea to replace the bridge within a maximum 60-hrs road closure. An innovative bespoke triple-hollow deck unit design was developed by SMEC, the first of its kind, to facilitate rapid construction. 

Sydney Metro North West - OTS

SMEC, KBR and Mott MacDonald

SMEC, Mott MacDonald and KBR were the lead designer on Australia’s first driverless metro rail system. The project consisted of 36km of new and upgraded track and 8 new stations.The project had a number of Australian Engineering firsts including, BIM, low noise track form and precast underground station construction.

Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project

AHJV (Arup HDR Joint Venture)

Located 50km south of Townsville, the Haughton River Floodplain is one of the most complex floodplains in Australia. This 13.5km upgrade is vital to improve both safety and flood immunity, whereby enhancing the reliability for road users. AHJV provided design innovations and many technical firsts for this upgrade project.

Queensland Country Bank Stadium


The QCB Stadium’s sweeping sinuous roof was inspired by nature - the forms of surrounding mountains and the pandanus leaf.  The engineering, construction, cost and program challenges involved in realising the competition-winning architectural vision were successfully overcome by an innovative folded plate roof generated by advanced and innovative digital design.
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