Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT
National Capital Authority
Designed in association with Verburg Hoogendijk Architects (Amsterdam), this new bridge adjacent to Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra opens up views to the lake and Nerang Pond, becoming a viewing platform as well as a crossing. The structure utilises folded cor-ten steel plates that extend the bridge trims and up-stands to the structural supports and footings.
The Nerang Bridge captures the moment of ‘crossing’ and extenuates the qualities of the surrounding landscape.
The Nerang Pool Bridge achieves this through a sensitive engineering approach that seamlessly integrates engineering with the architectural design. This is evident in the compact and concealed substructure that enables the elegantly detailed bridge to appear to float on the water.
The bridge also pioneers an innovative composite lightweight structural decking system of galvanised steel grating in-filled with EPDM recycled-rubber granules – similar to playground softfall. These materials provides a durable, consistent, sustainable and nonslip surface finish. This is the first time this combination of materials has been used in this application in Australia. The successful use of this decking system has seen it being used in other bridges and application since.