We make a difference because we think and do different
We’re relentless in our quest to always find a better way, searching for and employing innovative design principles and processes that provide maximum value to our clients and partners, our projects, and the communities we serve. We use our expertise to bring to life built environments that are designed not just to be occupied, but experienced.
Structural engineering demands a precise understanding of human, environmental and economic needs. It requires the balanced application of science and art, sculpting materials to withstand the forces of nature and the man-made environment. We design with a responsibility for the future and longevity of our projects and are committed to presenting innovative solutions that ensure the most valuable outcome for our clients and the community.
Our specialisations include:
- High-Rise structures
- Remedial and Forensic
- Post tensioning
- Deep basement retention, excavation and piling
- Modular solutions
- Long span steel structures
- Materials technology
- Timber structures
Civil and Stormwater
Civil and Stormwater
- Earth and water retaining structures
- Road and pavement design
- Public domain
- Earthworks and cut and fill analysis
- Soil and water management plans
- Water sensitive analysis using music
- Flood studies and flood risk management reporting
” The design of a façade requires an intricate interconnection between built form and surface design. Our façade engineers apply the science of structural anatomy, environment and aesthetics to create garments for structures that are both functional and beautiful, and communicate the identity of a built form.
Our Façade team has over 100 years of combined experience in bespoke and certified façade systems, the overall design of building envelopes and other unique built forms.
Collaborating with architects and other professionals such as fire engineers, acoustics professionals and wind experts – we help bring to life the identity of a building and create welcoming environments for work, play and life.
At Xavier Knight, We consistently find a better way, searching for and employing innovative design principles to add value on every level. Our approach provides value-engineering solutions that are cost-effective without compromising the architectural aesthetics or performance.
Offering end-to-end façade engineering services, our expertise covers all phases of a project, from initial concept and detailed design to support during fabrication & installation.
Our Façade team employs advanced technologies to optimise the performance of a building’s envelope, increase longevity and offer buildable and practical solutions.
Our technical expertise and broad knowledge of local and international standards offer significant value on all our projects, providing sustainable, economical and practical solutions and BCA compliant designs.
We offer façade engineering with specialisation in:
The interaction of people and technology allows greater success in construction. Through digital engineering, we capture project information and craft our designs in a virtual environment, applying progressive technologies to improve coordination, planning and risk control for our clients.
Our team currently offers expertise in the following technologies:
- 3D: The form of a structure is visualised and brought to life through 3D building information modelling to ensure that the built environment, architecture and services work together harmoniously, providing people-centric spaces for the community
- 4D: Using the inventory of materials from 3D work, the quantity and cost of materials required is determined through 4D technology
- 5D: The creation of measured financial and construction management, where materials and construction stages are sequenced for efficient construction are brought to life using 5D technology
Through construction engineering, each stage of a project is understood and sequenced for safe, practical and efficient construction. Our team synergises digital engineering and construction engineering to bring the building process to life. We organise projects with an intricate and holistic understanding of all phases of construction.
Our service includes:
- Construction modelling and sequencing with 5D digitalisation
- Temporary works
- Top-down construction
- Jump form
- Jump start
- Slip form
Aire, The Orchards
Designed by architectural practice Rothelowman, Aire is a 7-storey residential flat building with 3 basement car park levels, consisting of 57 apartments and communal facilities including ground floor residents lounge, rooftop garden and a pool. This state-of-the-art development will provide the highest quality of living, becoming a significant and thriving addition to The Orchards masterplan.
The building’s sculptural form was thoughtfully designed and shaped to respond to its context, with smooth edges and rebated sections.
Featuring a custom pre-cast façade, our façade team refined the existing façade design, reviewing and providing advice regarding BCA compliance, waterproofing and future maintenance. Respecting the creative vision of the envelope, we delivered a cost-effective and buildable solution.
26 Second Avenue, Blacktown
A very slender 22-level tower with 4-level basements, offering retail and commercial spaces and 90 residential apartments.
With a remarkable aspect ratio of 6:1, its structural behaviour is similar to a much taller building, requiring careful attention and assessment of its dynamic responses to lateral loads.
Architecturally, the layout design is centered around full feature glazing, providing spectacular district views to one side of the building. To achieve this, the service cores were placed at the opposite side of the elevation, presenting complex structural challenges to be addressed due to the torsional effects that need to be balanced.
Our team has developed a solution to minimise transfer floors, reducing construction costs and allowing for faster construction cycles. The optimization of the column positions allowed floor plates with column free obstructions, complementing the design philosophy and offering value to the future residents.
Our engagement includes façade design and sketches, façade performance brief and specifications.
Bowline is an iconic 14-storey landmark in the heart of Wickham. The $52 million development consists of 97 luxurious residential apartments and 4-levels of commercial office space, with views of Newcastle Harbour.
Our structural team has used post-tensioned slabs and interesting cantilevers on the typical residential floors. Our designs reduced construction costs and achieved faster project delivery time by limiting the number of transfers for the structure to only one at the podium level.
Working in close collaboration with the architects, our façade team streamlined the design process. Given the position of the site subject to extreme winds, our team developed a solution that was not tower-crane dependent which reduced the associated safety risks considerably.
45 Murray Street, Pyrmont
The development is the transformation of an existing 5 storey office building into a new 8 storey boutique Art Hotel in Pyrmont. The alterations and additions to the existing building included the demolition of the upper two floors and the construction of three additional levels.
The structural DNA of the existing building has been leveraged throughout the design process, integrating old and new elements. To achieve the architectural vision for the open spaces whilst accommodating an economical floor layout above, our structural team minimised the spatial impact to the 90+year old brick piers by strengthening the load path using 50mm thick jacketing and collar-like footing systems. The new floors were designed in light steel and composite construction.
Our Façade team designed the 4.5-metre glass façade structure enclosing the top floor of the building, supported by and fixed to the steel work with spider-fittings. Given the significant wind load due to the height and waterfront location, we carried out detailed desktop wind analysis and assessment.
The Lowestoft, Bourbon Hotel, Radnor, Commodore & Empire Hotel
A social and historically significant redevelopment of five heritage buildings in Sydney’s Potts Point. The $65 million development will see the existing Radnor and Empire buildings demolished and replaced, while the Lowestoft, Bourbon, and Commodore buildings will be partially demolished and restored.
Once complete, the block will accommodate two pubs, a hotel, medical centre, retail tenancies and 54 apartments. A new four-level basement will be built for services, storage, car parking and a commercial tenancy.
Careful consideration and planning to conserve heritage façades and its features have included the adaptive re-use of an existing eight-story high section of the Commodore’s structure and the reconstruction of missing elements in the retained façade. Our design has incorporated the shell of the heritage façades to form part of the retention structural system. This has allowed for a lean retention system that is contained wholly within the building, eliminating the impact on pedestrian pathways and reducing construction cost. The new buildings will feature highly detailed masonry, complementing the surrounding heritage 19th and 20th century buildings.
The project also involves the partial demolition of the existing structures and the excavation and construction of new basement levels while maintaining the operation of an existing live transformer servicing neighbouring buildings on site. As relocating the transformer was not an option, we have used a cantilevered construction methodology which will allow the team to deliver the project without interrupting the service.
Paramount on Parkes
Paramount on Parkes will deliver a high-quality, state-of-the-art contemporary high-rise building in Parramatta, Sydney’s 2nd CBD.
Standing at 46-storeys high, the development consists of over 300 apartments and car spaces within a 6-level basement. Ground Floor offers mixed-use commercial tenancies, car parking and loading dock; levels 1 to 3 offer mixed car parking and residential apartments; and levels 4 and above consist of residential apartments.
The L-shaped design of the building presented a structurally challenging geometry. Our team carried out a detailed assessment of the building’s structural behaviour under lateral loads to reduce the torsional effects.
Our structural engineers have developed solutions to minimise transfer structures and optimise the building’s structural performance, contributing to significant construction cost savings while achieving the architectural vision.
The Crownview development is a striking addition to Wollongong’s skyline, offering a 20 storey and 10 storey towers over a split podium, 7,000sqm of commercial spaces and basement carparking.
A clever mix of post-tensioned transfer floors, post-tensioned large-span commercial slabs and conventional reinforced concrete residential slabs has enabled the architectural vision to come to life and has facilitated a fast construction cycle.
By minimising detailed excavation in very hard rock at the base, through our structural foundation system selection, we have contributed to a significantly shorter construction time for the substructure.
Utilising precast cladding on the tower, our solutions have provided a highly durable building envelope, able to withstand the harsh marine environment with minimal maintenance.