Centre for Urban Design

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.

Beyond the Pavement

Beyond the Pavement (PDF, 10.4Mb)

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:

  • The policy and approach to road and maritime design
  • The procedures and project management principles
  • 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.

Landscape design guidelines

This document has been prepared to guide the provision of landscape and green infrastructure in our road corridors. It is published as part of the Beyond the Pavement urban design policy, procedure and design principles initiative and sets down the Roads and Maritime Services approach to the design and management of planting and revegetation.

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Guideline for landscape character and visual impact assessment - Environmental impact assessment practice note EIA-N04

This document has been prepared to guide the preparation of landscape character and visual impact assessments under Roads and Maritime’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes as they relate to the broader Roads and Maritime Services Urban Design Policy, Beyond the Pavement.

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Bridge Aesthetics Design Guideline

The purpose of this guideline is to help design teams produce bridges of aesthetic value. It outlines the approach to bridge design desired by Roads and Maritime Services and sets down physical principles of design that should be applied at the level of the whole, the parts and the detailed elements.

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Policy, design advice and guidelines


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