Rose Garden Bridge
Rose Garden Bridge - the new, all-abilities pedestrian and cycle bridge over Brooker Avenue and connecting the city centre with the Domain - is now open to the public.
The bridge is a Transforming Hobart project that was built to enhance Hobart’s pedestrian and cycling network.
It links the city centre from Bathurst Street and across Brooker Avenue to the Domain sporting and recreation facilities, as well as to the Glebe residential area. The bridge was constructed by the City of Hobart, together with VEC Civil Engineering.
The construction complements the existing underpass, which is almost 60 years old. The new bridge is suitable for cyclists, parents with prams, people with wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.
The project included relocation of underground services and construction of a new high-quality, well-lit footpath and bicycle lane alongside University Rose Garden, linking the bridge to Aberdeen Street, Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre, the Domain and Bridge of Remembrance.
Further minor commissioning works and landscaping will take place at a later date.
A formal opening of the bridge will be conducted once the public gathering restrictions associated with COVID-19 have been lifted.
Why was the bridge needed?
The bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Brooker Avenue is a Transforming Hobart project. It will provide improved connections between the Inner City and Queens Domain sporting and recreation facilities, as well as to the Glebe residential area, and between UTAS education facilities at Campbell Street and the Domain.
How was this location for the new bridge chosen?
The location for the new bridge was identified as a key recommended project within the Inner City Action Plan, and responds directly to the key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind.
The location was also recommended by the Queens Domain Master Plan 2013-33, and forms part of the path The City to Garden Way, linking the city to the Royal Botanical Gardens.
What benefits will the bridge bring?
The bridge will better address the amenity and connectivity between the Inner City and the Queens Domain bushland, sporting and recreation precinct, as well as to the Glebe residential area. It will provide a significantly improved, safe and accessible pedestrian and cycling crossing point that links the Campbell Street education precinct to the re-established University of Tasmania presence – Old Rose Garden education site. The bridge will create a striking architectural entry point to the city along Brooker Avenue. The bridge will further extend and connect the city’s pedestrian and cycle network.
For more information, visit the Inner City Action Plan webpage and the Queens Domain webpage for the Queens Domain Master Plan 2013-33.
How was the project funded?
It was funded through the City of Hobart’s Capital Works Program.
What are the key features of the bridge?
The bridge features a steel girder construction with concrete abutments at the landing points either side of Brooker Avenue. It includes a clear span over Brooker Avenue of some 60 metres and is 6.5 metres at its highest point.
Who designed the bridge?
The bridge was designed by City of Hobart staff, led by Executive Manager City Design, George Wilkie and VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd (VEC). VEC is a leader in the design and construction of bridges and has built a diverse range of structures, from large multiple-span highway bridges to small single-span road, rail and pedestrian bridges.
Where was the bridge manufactured?
The bridge was constructed by Tasmanian based company VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd (VEC). The steel fabrication for the bridge was undertaken in Tasmania by Haywards Steel. The company fabricates heavy steel bridges and other major structural items for civil construction projects in most Australian states.
Bathurst Street and Brooker Avenue, Hobart 7000 View Map