Situated next to the popular Crown Casino and Southgate Complex, the Yarra River Pedestrian Bridge is a prestigious public facility that quickly became a modern Melbourne landmark. With a brief to create a walkway that was both functional and visually captivating in a high profile tourist area, the Irwinconsult team created an innovative structure featuring extensive use of high strength steel, fabricated to fine tolerances. Jetties placed to the north and south banks linked by a central diagonal span are supported by a sweeping steel arch running diagonally.
Steel was chosen as the major construction material due to its strength-to-weight ratio, allowing for a finer, more elegant look. The main components were able to be fabricated and painted off-site which delivered a more cost-effective construction.
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