Location: South Brisbane and North Quay, Queensland
Contract Value: $55 million
Construction Period: Oct 2007 - Sep 2009
Type of Contract: Design and Construct
Client: Department of Public Works
Baulderstone were chosen to design and construct the iconic Kurilpa Bridge (formerly known as Tank Street Bridge) with local architects Cox Rayner and engineering consultants Arup as part of our design team.
The Kurilpa Bridge is a pedestrian and cycle bridge in Brisbane’s inner city, linking the city centre and South Brisbane. The bridge stretches out from the North Quay end of Tank Street to Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane, adjacent to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
The bridge is based on the principles of tensegrity, an architectural and engineering system in which the structural integrity is a synergy between balanced tension and compression components.
This produces a lightweight yet strong and stable structure. The Kurilpa Bridge presents an artistic array of cables and flying struts recalling the ropes and spars of sailing ships and boats. Offering expansive views of the river, it features two large viewing and relaxation platforms, two rest areas, and a continuous all-weather canopy for the entire length of the bridge.
The Kurilpa Bridge’s delicate and elegant design is expected to sit well with the Gallery of Modern Art and Kurilpa Point, providing an environmentally-friendly and enjoyable walking and cycling pathway to the city from South Brisbane, a significant place for the local Indigenous community.
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