Atkins to model Adelaide Oval bridge
Atkins has been appointed by the South Australian government to undertake detailed modelling for a new footbridge to be built during the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.
The Riverbank Bridge is an integral element in the masterplan and will cross the River Torrens, connecting the city side of the river with the Adelaide Oval precinct on the northern bank.
Atkins’ project director Cameron MacDonald, based in the company’s Hong Kong office, said: “The new bridge will form a vital part of the plans that will support the new Adelaide Oval project and the redevelopment of the Riverbank precinct. The key issue will be to work out what the design needs to respond to in terms of pedestrian loading and how people will use the bridge and onward public transport when major sporting events are held at this historic stadium.”
Atkins will provide pedestrian modelling analysis and planning to guide the designers on requirements for the bridge’s width and alignment. The team will also consult with a number of Riverbank stakeholders such as the Festival Centre and Adelaide Oval about their needs.
State minister for transport and infrastructure, Patrick Conlon, said: “The international experience Atkins brings to the project will be a real asset to the designers and project team alike. The bridge will assist in the revitalisation of this important part of the city and will play a major role in the movement strategy for the new 50,000-seat stadium.”
Construction of the bridge is expected to commence towards the end of this year and be finished by the end of 2013 to coincide with the completion of the Adelaide Oval redevelopment.
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This article was published on 16/02/2012 (last updated on 16/02/2012).