Grey Street Awnings South Bank

Commercial tenancy extensions

Commissioned by South Bank Corporation (SBC), this project is a series of awnings and tenancy extensions that have transformed and improved the commercial and public realm of the northern edge of Grey Street. The work is an imaginative blend of urban design and architectural detailing that builds on a 2008 master plan of the precinct by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM).

Historically, the Grey Street ground plane was mostly retail and the orientation of tenancies favoured Little Stanley Street. Grey Street was dominated by the backs of restaurants and the strong linear form of an existing pergola structure. The retail edge was set back within the ground plane, often not visible or legible to people visiting the precinct. The southern end of the street was more active. SBC wanted to strategically refocus Grey Street’s northern edge to attract more food-based tenants and activate the area.

We worked with SBC to develop a considered design response. The resulting architectural framework supports a diverse range of traders.  Contextually, it respects the existing mixed-use buildings and the language of the original DCM pergola. The colourful new structures are configured to be robust and flexible. Folded metal awnings sit visually within the volume of the pergola, placed to assist legibility and identify tenancy entry points. The design approach developed for the awnings offered rational, repeatable detailing, to create inviting edges for occupation, enclosure and activation.

Now, with greatly improved shade, shelter and legibility, the Grey Street’s dining trade has increased, and the precinct is enlivened. The project has successfully addressed SBC’s vision to strengthen the street’s public realm and destinational appeal.


South Bank Corporation




Cameron Davies, Director
Shem Guthrie, Lead Architect
Tom Kaye, Project Staff
Sasha Cooke, Project Staff
Tim Zieth, Project Staff
Eugenio Belli, Project Staff


Christopher Frederick Jones