Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced the start of the green bridge procurement process, as early works ramp up at Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek, and Council kicks off consultation on design of the $257 million projects.
“We have fast-tracked these new bridges because they’re major job drivers, which is critical as we climb our way out of the coronavirus economic crisis,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Our city has sustained a brutal economic hit this year, but my administration is determined that we build for the future. This means we get people into work now and critical infrastructure projects like these bridges are how we do that.
“Kicking off this procurement process quickly is also about breathing life into the local construction industry and expanding supplier opportunities for struggling businesses,” Cr Schrinner said.
At its peak, the two fast-tracked bridges will employ more than 500 people.
Council will hold an industry briefing session on Friday, before an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process starts in mid-September.
At Kangaroo Point, early works including geotechnical drilling, ground and hydrographic surveys have been underway since April.
“The Green Bridges Program is a milestone in our city’s construction history, so we are looking to attract expertise to help us deliver this landmark infrastructure,” Cr Schrinner said.
“They will be prominent, iconic landmarks, providing safe and convenient connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the south and north sides of the Brisbane River,” Cr Schrinner said.
Cr Schrinner said the proposed designs of the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges would be released for consultation for a month.
New 3D images of the planned Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges reveal in vivid detail the structures set to transform the city’s riverscape.
The Breakfast Creek green bridge will include an extension to the Lores Bonney Riverwalk, which carries 2700 pedestrians and cyclists every day.
“Community feedback plays a crucial role in developing each bridge, and I encourage residents to have their say on the latest designs of the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek green bridges,” Cr Schrinner said.
Residents and stakeholders can provide feedback on the landing arrangements, viewing points, connections to the active and public transport networks, landscaping and urban design elements.
This feedback will help inform Council’s final design for each bridge ahead of construction starting in 2021, subject to approvals.