Bridge of Remembrance
The Bridge of Remembrance is a new, all-abilities pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Tasman Highway which links two of Hobart’s most significant places of remembrance – the Cenotaph and Soldiers Memorial Avenue on the Queens Domain.
The main span of the bridge was lifted into place in January 2019. Fulton Hogan, the City’s bridge construction partner, is currently undertaking finishing works to bring the bridge to completion in March 2019.
The City is working with its funding partners, the Australian Government as well as the Tasmanian Government and other key stakeholders, to determine the timing of the official opening of the bridge.
Road and lane closures
There will be one final night-time road closure at the end of February to install the last custom-ordered cladding panel above the highway. The details will be communicated later.
The 2013 Queens Domain Master Plan identified the need to construct a link over the Tasman Highway as one of a number of ways to enliven and further develop each of the principle precincts of the Domain as activity centres. The Master Plan states: ‘The Queens Domain is a public asset that should be developed as a major destination for residents within and visitors to Southern Tasmania. The Queens Domain should be the “jewel in the crown” of the city’s parks and open space.' The new bridge seeks to enhance access to the Domain for education, recreation, health and enjoyment, for both Hobart residents and visitors.
The location for the new bridge builds on the City’s Inner City Action Plan, responding directly to key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind. The Report recommends making walking the most attractive mode of transport by giving high priority to pedestrians to create livelier and more social environments. An important part of that aim is to provide convenient walking links to key destinations.
The Bridge of Remembrance is a pedestrian and cycling bridge. It will provide a safe connection between the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, the many sporting facilities on the Domain and the Regatta Grounds, the intercity cycleway and Sullivans Cove.
One of Australia’s leading architectural firms Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) designed the bridge in partnership with Arup, Inspiring Place, and BPSM Architects.
The works on the bridge are using local subcontractors and suppliers, and steel fabrication is being completed by Haywards – a Launceston-based premier steel fabrication and engineering company. Protective measures are also in place to preserve vegetation and cultural heritage sites during the build.
The overall cost of the bridge is $11 million. $8 million is being provided by the Australian Government through the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, with the Tasmanian Government initially underwriting this cost. The balance of the cost is funded by the City of Hobart.
The Centenary of ANZAC commemorates 100 years of service and sacrifice by Australian service men and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations since World War One.
For more information on the Queens Domain Master Plan, visit the Inner City Action Plan webpage and the Queens Domain webpage.
- Over 6.5 m high for over-sized vehicles over two lanes of the Tasman Highway and a minimum of 5.4 m high over all other lanes
- A high quality design to provide a visually striking gateway into the city of Hobart
- Accessible to people of all abilities
- Well-lit for the safety of all users.
FAQs about the pedestrian and bicycle bridge
Will the construction activities cause noise and will the environment be protected?
As this is a large-scale project there will be activities that will cause noise and dust emission. Best practice will be applied to protect the environment during construction. Environmental controls will be installed to protect sensitive receivers from the impact of construction activities. An Environmental Management Plan has been developed for the specific requirements of the project.
Water in combination with other approaches, may be used to reduce dust emission. There will be a minimal impact on existing memorials, including trees.
Will the view to the Cenotaph be blocked by the bridge?
The bridge is on a direct axis to the cenotaph and is specifically designed as a respectful gesture to it. The view to the Cenotaph maybe blocked from various positions by the bridge abutments as you travel past in your car.
Will the use of the Regatta Grounds for parking be impacted by the bridge?
There will be no impact from the bridge on the use of the Regatta Grounds for parking such as pre-Christmas and special event park and ride.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
FULTON HOGAN Communications:
- E: THMB@fultonhogan.com.au
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