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 manmade environment. Relishing the challenges of advanced architecture and design, we take a customised approach to every project. With a focus on the client and community’s goals, our Structural engineers design with a responsibility for the future and longevity of our projects. They employ innovative construction techniques to provide value engineering solutions and deliver optimum outcomes.
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
Combining decades of experience, our experienced engineers have worked closely with public and private providers to engineer functional and practical infrastructure. At XK, we understand how civil infrastructure provides critical services to society. This is why our team is dedicated to delivering value at every stage of the process.
Our civil team’s approach seeks to optimise solutions and streamline the delivery of projects across a wide range of sectors. With sustainability at the core of our designs, we provide civil engineering services from concept through planning, design and construction. In addition, our in-depth knowledge of approval processes ensures our clients reach their objectives and requirements.
Bringing a proven track record of successful projects, we design with responsibility for the future and longevity of our projects. We are committed to developing innovative solutions that ensure the most valuable outcome for our clients and the community.
- Public domain
- Roads, intersections and car parking designs
- Earthworks and cut and fill analysis
- Soil and Water Management Plans (SWMP)
- Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (ESCP)
- Stormwater systems
- On-site detention design/retention basin
- Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
- Overland flow design
- Flood modelling (1D and 2D)
- Open and closed channels, culverts and bridges, hydraulic studies
- 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 150 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 engineers excel in their field. They employ the latest technology and work with high-performance materials to optimise the performance of a building’s envelope, maximise environmental sustainability, increase longevity and lower maintenance costs.
Our technical expertise and broad knowledge of local and international standards offer significant value on all our projects, providing sustainable, economical, practical and buildable solutions and BCA compliant designs.
We offer façade engineering with specialisation in:
Digital transformation is shaking our industry. The interaction of people and technology allows greater success in construction. We commit ourselves to continually investing in the most advanced and innovative design methodology and software to transform some of the most ambitious designs into reality.
Through digital engineering, we have the ability to leverage our data to respond quickly to new trends that may impact our projects while delivering more value to our clients. We improve coordination, collaboration, efficiency, planning, and risk control by applying progressive technologies.
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
We specialise in developing construction methodologies by delivering efficient and practical solutions that mitigate site risks, and delays while minimizing construction costs. We provide innovative solutions to address complex challenges such as site access and material delivery.
Our team synergises digital engineering and construction engineering to bring the building process to life.
Our service includes:
- Construction Methodologies/Sequencing
- Temporary works Planning and Design
- Façade Retention
- Top-down construction
26 Elizabeth Street, Liverpool
Set to become the tallest tower in Liverpool, Sydney’s third CBD, the 36-level mixed-use tower will house a 113-room hotel, 179 residential apartments, 5,500sqm of A-grade office space and a rooftop restaurant. Working closely with the architect at DA stage, XK developed a solution to optimise the structural system without compromising the architectural intent. The elimination of all transfer structures resulted in establishing a saving of $1 million in the construction cost of the structure.
Construction of the $180 million development is expected to start in 2022.
Rozelle Village & Tigers Leagues Club
Our Structural and Civil team is working together with project partners to bring life, community and culture to an abandoned historical site.
Rozelle Village is a $135million mixed-use development bringing state-of-the-art hospitality, retail and commercial spaces, 149 high-quality apartments, a central plaza and community spaces to the former Balmain Leagues Club.
Working alongside Heworth Holdings Group, Touchstone Partners and Scott Carver, the project is being designed using the latest technologies and materials, while honouring the streetscape’s impressive heritage significance.
Showcasing a perfect blend of engineering innovation and community-oriented design, our experienced Structural team are developing solutions to accommodate the site and future planning for the community. With a planned road and train tunnel passing next to the site and the neighbouring heritage buildings, our team is conducting critical assessments of the retention system design to ensure future project feasibility and constructability.
With the site on one of Sydney’s main traffic routes to the CBD, our Civil engineering team developed complex road and public domain infrastructure designs while ensuring efficient traffic flow around the site during construction to minimise the impact on the community. Our experience with the Local and State Governments’ approval process allowed us to satisfy TfNSW and Inner West Council’s strict requirements while meeting the project’s unique needs.
The Rozelle Village and Tigers Leagues Club project is a testament to the importance of community and history in mixed-use developments. The project team is working in close collaboration to create a space that is not only visually appealing but also exceeds the needs and expectations of the local community.
Developed by Altis Property Partners, the proposed mixed-used development project consists of a 34-storey tower comprising 312 build-to-rent (BTR) residential units with a focus on essential worker occupants.
Ground floor retail tenancies with residential and commercial lobby entrances, 8,000sqm of A-grade commercial spaces over 4 levels, including private outdoor terrace for commercial tenants and above a 29-storey residential tower.
History shapes our communities. While we build and progress with new developments, revitalising our heritage precincts allows us to preserve and feed the culture that history has brought us.
Working alongside Iris Capital, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, and Panov-Scott, our team has been providing structural, façade retention, civil and construction engineering services for the socially and historically significant redevelopment of Queensgate in Potts Point.
The development involves the revitalisation of five iconic heritage buildings, bringing new life into Sydney’s architectural heritage and preserving its rich cultural legacy.
The existing Radnor and Empire buildings are being replaced, and the Lowestoft, Bourbon, and Commodore buildings are undergoing heritage façade retention and building construction. The transformed block will feature two pubs, a hotel, a medical centre, retail tenancies, and 48 apartments, all seamlessly integrated. A new four-level basement will be constructed for services, storage, parking, and a commercial tenancy.
One of the main challenges of the development lies in the preservation of the heritage façades of Lowestoft, Bourbon, and Commodore, which will play an important role in maintaining the historic fabric of the surrounding 19th and 20th century architecture. Our construction engineering experts developed innovative designs that allow the erection of temporary steel frames to support the existing façades with minimal impact to its aesthetics. These steel frames are strategically positioned to align with the future construction of the buildings and will be removed once the façades are tied in permanently to the built form.