Builder announced for new Kangaroo Point Green Bridge project in QLD

Monica Gameng   |   July 2, 2021
Kangaroo Point Green Bridge (cr: Brisbane City Council)

A new green bridge is set to begin construction in late 2021 following the award of the contract to deliver the new $190 million river crossing that will connect Kangaroo Point to Brisbane CBD and provide pedestrians and cyclists an easier way to move between Kangaroo Point, the eastern suburbs and the CBD. 

Brisbane City Council has awarded the contract to design and build Kangaroo Point Green Bridge (KPGB) to Connect Brisbane. The consortium is led by BESIX Watpac and is comprised of Rizzani de Eccher, WSP, Blight Rayner, Dissing and Weitling, Aspect Studios, RWDI, F-POV, Right Angle Studios and Rowland. 

“The Kangaroo Point Green Bridge is a symbol of the strength and capability of BESIX Watpac and we are all incredibly proud of what we are about to deliver for the Brisbane City Council and the people of Brisbane,” BESIX Watpac CEO Jean-Pol Bouharmont said. 

 

The new Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will feature: 

  • A river crossing between the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street in the CBD, and Scott Street at Kangaroo Point with a length of around 460 metres 
  • An elegant single-mast cable stayed structure, designed to complement the city skyline and minimise visual impact 
  • Dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths, with a minimum width of 6.8 metres along the length of the bridge, and a maximum grade of 1:20 
  • A navigable bridge clearance height of 12.7 metres (as per the Captain Cook bridge), with provisions for a 60-metre-wide navigation channel 
  • A variety of places to pause and take in expansive river and city views 
  • Sub-tropical design elements including landscape, and shade along the length of the pedestrian path 
  • Potential opportunities for commercial activation such as food and beverage outlets and event spaces, subject to further investigation and approvals 

Construction on the new Kangaroo Point Green Bridge is due to be completed by late 2023. 

“The KPGB will be among the longest span cable stay pedestrian bridges in the world and when added to its graceful elegance, will make an enduring feature of our city. 

“We are excited about the local stimulus the project will deliver during the construction phase. We estimate it will generate more than 300 local jobs, 50 new apprenticeships and we target an Indigenous participation rate of 5%. We’ll also be maximising involvement by local subcontractors and suppliers with more than 40% to come from the Brisbane Local Government Area and more than 90% from the broader South East Queensland region,” BESIX Watpac KPGB Project Director Bram Gruwez said. 

Kangaroo Point Green Bridge is being delivered as part of the Brisbane City Council’s Green Bridges Program. The program aims to build new green bridges across Brisbane to provide an easier way for locals and visitors to get around the city – whether by foot, by bike or scooter or by providing connections to public transport. 

1713x1058-green-bridge-locations-map-june-2021Source: Brisbane City Council

The program currently includes four green bridges in various development stages. Bridge locations include: 

  • Kangaroo Point – Contract awarded and construction to begin in late 2021 
  • Breakfast Creek – Procurement is currently underway 
  • Toowong to West End – Detailed planning underway 
  • St Lucia to West End – Detailed planning underway 

Brisbane City Council is now getting works done to deliver the Green Bridges Program, which will help stimulate the local economy and create local jobs following the impacts of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. 

Source: BESIX Watpac; Brisbane City Council (1, 2); ABC NewsBrisbane Development 

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