Architectus, Chrofi and JMD Design (the Architectus Consortia) have won the design competition for the $106 million Harbord Diggers precinct redevelopment project, triumphing over four other shortlisted groups.

The winning design concept responds to the local character of the area, utilising open spaces and the quality of the building formations and design. It also takes advantage of the site’s panoramic views and distinctive coastal features – elements that Harbord Diggers general manager Dale Hunt says helped it to stand out.

Delivered by Architectus and local Manly-based practice Chrofi, landscape architects JMD Design were also included to incorporate the landscape elements to the Diggers design.

“Architectus and Chrofi have many synergies and it is clear that by looking at their concept for our site, they have a clear vision, an eye for detail and absolute commitment to a sustainable development that pays homage to the headline,” Hunt notes.

“JMD are known for their strong commitment to achieving both site specific and environmentally responsible design solutions which is evident in the winning concept for our site. The way JMD has confidently blurred the boundary between art, architecture and landscape is refreshing.”

Announcements of the win followed from an extensive review process of the five shortlisted concepts, including those from the Altis Consortia (Altis Architecture, McGrgor Coxall, Thomson Adsett and Clare Design); BVN Consortia (BVN Donovan Hill, Durbach Block Jaggers, Aspect Studios, Silver Spirit Partners and Fleetwood Hotels); PTW Consortia (PTW, Axil, Spackman Mossop Michaels); and Woodhead Consortia (Woodhead, Indyk Arcitects and AECOM).

The competitive design concepts had to meet the brief of developing an outstanding community asset that provides high quality, functional buildings and uses for the Harbord Diggers site, including registered club and fitness facilities, seniors independent living units, and child care and member services.

The final detailed design will be profiled at a future Community Information and Feedback Session, with the club planning to lodge the Stage 2 DA to Warringah Council in August this year.