Design experts to oversee NSW developments

An expert panel has been appointed to 'maintain design excellence ' in NSW.
An expert panel has been appointed to 'maintain design excellence ' in NSW.

A panel of leading design experts has been appointed to oversee major infrastructure projects in NSW.

The panel is made up of 88 independent members with expertise across a range of areas including: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, Aboriginal and European heritage, as well as 12 NSW government design experts.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the new State Design Review Panel would provide independent expert advice on State Significant development and infrastructure projects and precincts.

"Iconic buildings and structures like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge put Sydney on the map and it's so important that we maintain design excellence with our new projects," Mr Stokes said on Thursday.

The panel follows a pilot program launched in 2018, which guided the development of more than 100 public and private projects worth almost $9 billion.

"This panel, alongside the soon-to-be-released Design and Place SEPP, will ensure strong design principles are considered every step of the way," he said.

NSW Government Architect Abbie Galvin said the expanded panel would play a vital role in shaping the design of the state at a critical time.

"The unprecedented investment in infrastructure and the government's commitment to create greener places and great public spaces create an exciting climate for panel members to play a role," she said.

Australian Associated Press