Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Postby beauyboy » Sun May 17, 2009 10:00 am

ok I have been putting this off but it about time I started posting info on it.
As many Brisbane CBD cyclists would know there is currently a new Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge going in over the river between Tank St on the North side and GoMA on the south side. The project name was the 'Tank St Bridge' however the offical name is 'Kurilpa Bridge'. to keep everyone up to date on progress I will start posting all the Media releases and information.

Pictures can be found here,
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthrea ... 96&page=29
they are very good and show alot of the construction.

Media Release 15/4/09 www.qld.gov.au
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Anna Bligh
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

PREMIER TOURS NEW KURILPA BRIDGE


Premier Anna Bligh today became the first non-construction worker to walk over North Quay and the Riverside Expressway on the deck of the new $63.3 million Kurilpa Bridge.

The Premier inspected a new section of cabling that had been lifted into place earlier that morning by a 200 tonne crawler crane.

The crane is positioned on a 3000 tonne barge located at the south bank pier of the new bridge.

Ms Bligh said the innovative bridge will include around 6.8 kilometres of the striking spiral strand cables when complete.

“Today is another great day for this exciting project,” Ms Bligh said.

“The bridge already looks spectacular with masts and cabling in place on both sides of the river.

”The northern half of the bridge deck is almost finished, stretching from the Commonwealth Law Courts in Tank Street over Riverside Expressway to the middle of the river.

“On the southern side, the spiral approach is complete and the bridge is now stretching out from the river pier about 45 metres off the south bank.

“By the middle of May, the two sides of the bridge will meet, and by September Brisbane locals and tourists alike would be walking across the Bridge from the central business district to the Gallery of Modern Art at Southbank.”

Ms Bligh said construction of the iconic bridge was good news for the community as well as the economy.

“There are currently 65 people working on this project with more than 1050 people employed on site since construction began,” she said.

“This project also aligns closely with my government’s greener and healthier ambitions for Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland.

“It does this by providing a walking and cycling loop between the city and Southbank which also includes the Goodwill Bridge.”

Ms Bligh said the unique tensegrity structure of the bridge would not have been possible 10 years ago because the computer software required to design this unique structure did not exist.

“It is the first pedestrian bridge in the world to be based on tensegrity construction principles which balance the tension of the cables with the concrete and steel components to produce a light-weight but strong structure,” she said.

The design of Kurilpa Bridge is the result of collaboration between engineering consultancy Arup, architects Cox Rayner and the contractor Baulderstone Queensland.

The deck of the bridge is 6.5 metres wide and is 15 metres above the Brisbane River at its lowest point and the structure is 48 metres tall at its highest point.

The completion of Kurilpa Bridge will form part of Queensland’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

15 April 2009

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Media Release 11/4/09 www.qld.gov.au
Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
The Honourable Robert Schwarten
Monday, May 11, 2009

KURILPA BRIDGE DECK COMPLETE

The deck of the $63.3 million Kurilpa Bridge is now complete, Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten announced today <11 May>.

Mr Schwarten will mark the occasion by being the first non-construction worker to walk from the legal precinct in Roma Street to the Gallery of Modern Art at Southbank.

“The structural steel elements of the bridge touched earlier this month on Friday 1 May but it was only this morning that there were sufficient concrete components in place to cross the bridge,” Mr Schwarten said.

“It won’t be too much longer until Brisbane locals and tourists will get to enjoy the same view I will today with the bridge scheduled to complete in September this year.”

Mr Schwarten said the Kurilpa Bridge project was both on schedule and within budget.

“The construction of the bridge is also good news for the economy with 65 people currently working on the site and more than 1050 people employed on the project since construction began,” he said.

Mr Schwarten said despite the bridge looking near complete, its appearance will continue to change with the installation of a continuous all weather canopy over the bridge deck.

“Anti-throw screens are being installed over the Bicentennial Bike way, Riverside Expressway and North Quay

“Horizontal spars located above the all weather canopy will also be added to the network of masts and cables already in place.

“The existing maroon coloured temporary braces will be removed when all cables have been tensioned precisely and set in their final position.”

Kurilpa Bridge is the first pedestrian bridge in the world to be based on tensegrity construction principles which balance the tension of the cables with the concrete and steel components to produce a light-weight but strong structure.

The completion of Kurilpa Bridge will form a major part of Queensland’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

Media contact: Minister's Office: 3237 1184

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Re: Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Postby elantra » Sun May 17, 2009 10:06 pm

Thanks for this information.
I am looking forward to its completion although i do not think it is pretty to look at.
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Re: Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Postby koen » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:29 pm

ravinsp wrote:The Kurilpa Bridge (originally known as the Tank Street Bridge) is a (A$)$63 million pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The bridge connects Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane to Tank Street in the Brisbane central business district. In 2011, the bridge was judged World Transport Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival.
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Just goes to show :shock:
I considered being an architect as a youngster but I couldn't design things ugly enough.
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Re: Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Postby Hamster » Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:30 pm

koen wrote:
ravinsp wrote:The Kurilpa Bridge (originally known as the Tank Street Bridge) is a (A$)$63 million pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The bridge connects Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane to Tank Street in the Brisbane central business district. In 2011, the bridge was judged World Transport Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival.
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Just goes to show :shock:
I considered being an architect as a youngster but I couldn't design things ugly enough.


Stop being so negative - it will be an architectual masterpiece one all the scaffolding is taken down.
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Re: Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Postby notwal » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:45 pm

:lol:

I think that bridge is a hum dinger. It's art, and good art at that. It's certainly not the most efficient structure. It gives quite a bit away to aesthetics using a structural vocab. It plays with tensile and compressive elements in a light hearted good time way and it just feels good.
I'm not at all surprised it won a prize.

That's taxes well spent imho.
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Re: Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Postby lethoso » Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:20 am

notwal wrote:That's taxes well spent imho.


awards aside, it seems to attract quite a lot of usage.
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Tank St/Kurilpa Bridge

Postby Kenzo » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:54 am

Most of the cyclist usage was forced onto it by the bicentennial bikeway works...
I think it looks quite nice...
I'm not sure I approve of the tall-ships and first fleet symbolism in its design then naming it Kurilpa... But that is treading on dangerous forum waters to discuss it further.
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