Release: 03 December 2013

If you’re a pedestrian or cyclist in Port Macquarie today, the only way you can cross Kooloonbung Creek is alongside the cars. There’s a narrow footpath on either side of the Buller Street bridge, but community and council agree, it’s neither appealing nor safe.

Fortunately, thanks to a $1M Federal Government grant, there’ll soon be a much better option. And Fleetwood will play a big role in delivering it.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council recently decided on a new cable-stay shared path bridge crossing the creek. One which, according to council, it will be an “Iconic Linchpin” in the town’s foreshore masterplan. It must be both visually pleasing and practical, giving pedestrians safe & improved access to the foreshore areas. More than just a utility, it will be a ‘signature’ of the town’s character.

After a competitive tender process, Fleetwood was successful in securing the contract to design and construct the shared path bridge. Obviously our track record of creating similar structures was a factor in this decision, but it wasn’t the only one.

The pre-tender concept design was supplied by a third party. So the execution of the project would require a lot of collaboration to progress design through to completion. Council demanded “a partnering philosophy” – a specialist team who would challenge assumptions and constraints, and proactively champion innovations through the design process.

In other words, they wanted a team that would be creative in challenging and complex situations, right throughout both the design and construction stages. One that would contribute pro-actively to design decisions to make things faster and more cost-effective.

Naturally, they were also impressed by our proven ability to minimise environmental impact, and to safely complete all works. In fact, these criteria were particularly important. There are a variety of existing services and utilities that will be affected by the bridge works (including overhead power lines and lighting infrastructure) and council must ensure they’re managed properly.

We’re very excited to have won this iconic project! Watch this space; the project is due for completion in December 2013.

To find out more about this project contact media@fleetwoodurban.com.au

View of the conceptual design from the Hollingsworth St North carpark (The final constructed Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge, completed in December 2013, differs slightly to this model)

View of the conceptual design from the Hollingsworth St North carpark (The final constructed Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge, completed in December 2013, differs slightly to this model)

View looking north on the eastern foreshore into the bay

View looking north on the eastern foreshore into the bay

View from the eastern bank of the road bridge

View from the eastern bank of the road bridge

View looking westbound of the previous pedestrian access prior to Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge installation. Pedestrians had to walk on this narrow path close to passing traffic.

View looking westbound of the previous pedestrian access prior to Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge installation. Pedestrians had to walk on this narrow path close to passing traffic.