Destination Brisbane Consortium has awarded Fitzgerald Constructions Australia with the contract that will provide a pedestrian link between the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development and South Bank.
The appointment follows a tender process and represents a significant milestone in the delivery of the overall project.
Fitzgerald Constructions is a specialist marine works and bridge building company. Their recent works include the new road bridge at The Star Gold Coast, and in Melbourne the Seafarers Bridge and Jim Stynes Bridge.
Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the contract still required finalisation and remained subject to approvals and State Government endorsement – with initial works to start around March 2020.
“Fitzgerald Constructions will deliver Brisbane’s newest bridge in more than 10 years and create an icon for the river city,” Mr Crooks said.
“The Neville Bonner Bridge will create a pedestrian connection between the CBD and the cultural heart of the city as well as the transport hubs at South Bank.
“The bridge will be built from South Bank first across the river to join with the integrated resort development’s key retail, food and beverage level.
“It’s a significant construction contract that will take around 24 months to complete and cross over the top of the Riverside Expressway.
“We are confident that Fitzgerald Constructions will do a great job delivering what will become an iconic symbol across the heart of our city.
“Destination Brisbane Consortium has been engaging for many years with local stakeholders including marine and government authorities and South Bank Corp to ensure this bridge delivers what was promised during the bid – a pedestrian connection that will enhance and better connect the CBD to South Bank.”
Works will commence at South Bank between the Wheel of Brisbane and the river’s edge around March 2020 with the bridge structure expected to connect with the integrated resort development over the Riverside Expressway in April 2021.
Being completely honest it’s pretty ugly.I can deal with that since that is subjective, I just really hope that these architects and engineers recognise the desperate need for shade for pedestrian bridges in brisbane. The sun is quite literally out to kill us and it would increase patronage and active transport of Brisbanites if their 10 minute walk didn’t result in a sunburn. So much thought put into subtropical building design but transport, especially active transport, is lacking in its compensation attempts(or lack thereof). How about instead of trying to make a bridge ‘different’ by making it look as out there and abstract as possible, we go for trying to (aesthetically of course) suit the needs of the people and what will serve the regular Joe Blo as he walks to get a coffee or cycles home from work. Thanks for reading my rant 🙂
Absolutely ugly and surrounded by ugly government buildings. It will be nice walking under the polluted bridge and mozie infested mangroves.