Community / Environment

Urban design in Roads and Maritime Services

Photo of Sydney Harbour Bridge in the evening

Roads and Maritime Services is committed to achieving good urban design outcomes. This means projects must:

  • Fit sensitively with the built, natural and community environments through which they pass, in both urban and rural locations.
  • Contribute to the accessibility and connectivity of communities by all modes of movement, including walking, cycling, and catching public transport.
  • Contribute to the overall quality of the public domain and help revitalise areas.
Cover image for publication Beyond the Pavement

Our urban design policy is set down in Beyond the Pavement, winner of the 2010 Australia Award for Urban Design. Beyond the Pavement is structured into three parts - a section on the policy and approach to road and maritime design; a section on the procedures and project management principles; and an expanded section on design principles illustrated by case studies.

The document includes appendices on inspirational projects from around the world, an urban design glossary and a reference for further reading about urban design.

Download Beyond the Pavement (PDF - 11MB)

RMS achievements in transport infrastructure projects


Roads and Maritime Services' achievements in transport infrastructure projects book

The Achievements e-book has been prepared to showcase some of the infrastructure achievements of recent years. The quality of these projects demonstrate the commitment of the organisation and the NSW Government towards best practice integrated engineering and urban design.

These projects are well built, fit into their architectural and landscape context and look good. They cater for the needs of the economy, community, environment and the travelling public and have provided major improvements in road safety.


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