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12 October 2015

Mott MacDonald appointed on Swan River pedestrian bridge, Australia

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the York Rizzani De Eccher joint venture to verify the design of the structural, waterway and drainage elements of a new pedestrian bridge over the Swan River in Perth, Australia.

The AU$54.1M steel footbridge will connect East Perth with the Perth Stadium at Burswood, providing year round access across the river for residents and visitors. The new bridge will comprise three bow string arches, the largest standing 65m tall, and will be 400m long, with a central span of 165m. It is expected that 700 tonnes of steel and 1.5km of cables will be used during its construction.

More than 14,000 people are expected to cross the bridge on capacity event days when the new 60,000-seat stadium opens in 2018. A 100m ramp will lead fans and concert goers to special event bus stands on East Perth’s Nelson Avenue, on the river side of Gloucester Park trotting ground.

Peter Hall, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “This is a tremendously creative design that will create a major point of interest for the region. It’s fantastic to be able to play a part in this project, which builds on our expanding profile of transportation projects in Australia and provides us with a great opportunity to demonstrate our technical expertise. The work will be managed locally by our team in Perth and will involve close collaboration with our hydraulics team in Melbourne and structural team in Prague.”

The footbridge will be operational in early 2017.

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