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Main Roads WA


Perth, WA

Contract Period:

June 2015 - current

Matagarup Pedestrian Bridge

The Matagarup Bridge Project is a high-profile piece of public infrastructure that will be an example of design excellence, commensurate with the strategic importance of the project and consistent with Western Australia’s commitment to high design quality in its public projects.

The Project comprises the design and construction (D&C) of a 400m long by 9m wide pedestrian bridge that will carry an estimated 14,000 fans on major event days across the Swan River from the East Perth foreshore to the western side of the Burswood Peninsula, linking the new transport hub with the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct currently under construction at Burswood.

The design delivers a world-class bridge that will be instantly identifiable as ‘Perth, Western Australia’ with its distinctive profile of ribbons flowing across the divide, presented in an abstracted and elegant form, and a steel cable-stay span of 160 metres at its centre.

The 65m tall central structural arch and expressive apex rises above the riverbank to provide a focal point from distant viewpoints, the City and the new Perth Stadium. The design achieves a sensitive footprint, treading lightly upon both the river and the foreshores, with only two piers within the river to respect the area’s heritage and minimise impact on the river. The structural forces are expressed clearly and uniquely in the black and white articulation of the arch ribbons, reflecting both structural interdependency and the symbolic coming together of diverse cultures.

  • The bridge is65 metres tall at its highest point and stretches 400 metres from bank to bank, with a steel cable-stay span of 160 metres at its centre.
  • It uses 1650 tonnes of steel and 1.5 km’s of steel cables and strip lighting.
  • Other works include the construction of two approach structures, a bus stand on the East Perth shoreline and full landscaping to both shorelines.

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