3 contractors vie for ‘green’ bridge

The final design of the new Breakfast Creek Green Bridge in Brisbane has been released, with three shortlisted contractors vying to start construction in 2022.

The final design, by Cox Architecture, Lat27, and SMEC, is an 80-metre arch bridge with a minimum width of six metres to provide dedicated pathways for pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will extend the Lores Bonney Riverwalk (named after a Brisbane aviatrix in the 1930s) by 175 metres from Cameron Rocks Reserve to the northern bridge approach.

The Brisbane City Council (BCC) fast-tracked the bridge in 2020, along with the green bridge in Kangaroo Point, to boost the construction industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction of the bridge is expected to support 140 jobs.

Subject to independent planning approval, the BCC expects the contract for the $67 million bridge to be awarded in the final quarter of 2021. Following EOIs in September 2020, the council shortlisted Fulton Hogan, Georgiou Brady (Marine and Civil) JV, and JF Hull, in November last year. The BCC said it intends to work with the contractor to minimise construction impacts on the local community where possible.

Construction is set to commence early 2022 with initial works to include site investigation, establishment of work sites, and pedestrian and cycle paths’ diversion. Following site establishment, piling works will be undertaken in Breakfast Creek to construct the Riverwalk extension and new bridge foundations. The target completion date is set for late 2023.

For those in or near Brisbane who would like to know more, an information session will be held on Wednesday 27 October 2021 from 4pm to 6pm at Cameron Rocks Reserve (near the war memorial), 79 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.