Major Projects Victoria and the Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren have unveiled the design of a new bridge over Melbourne’s Batman Avenue as part of stage two redevelopments of Melbourne Park.
John Wardle Architects were appointed in November 2014 following an open international design competition which yielded twenty-one submissions. The bridge is designed in collaboration with Oculus Landscape Architects, engineers GHD and Boston-based architecture practice NADAAA. This is the second successful collaboration between John Wardle Architects and NADAAA following their winning competition entry for Melbourne School of Design (2009), which was completed in August 2014.
The pedestrian bridge features a ramping path leading onto the bridge proper which links Melbourne Park with the parklands of Birrarung Marr, on the Yarra River’s north bank next to Federation Square. The bridge will create a new arrival point to the sporting precinct and a direct pedestrian path from Flinders Street Station. The design is intended to be sensitive to the alignment of existing bridges as well as the topography of the landscape.
Today, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events, John Eren joined representatives from Fitzgerald Constructions Australia to turn the first sod on the project set to shave travel time from Flinders Street Station to Birrarung Marr to under ten minutes. The bridge will also provide a safer route for fans, and stop crowds crossing Batman Avenue at road level, so that the thousands of spectators at our long list of events can arrive and return home safely. The bridge will land in the heart of Melbourne Park – the home of the Australian Open – and provide direct access to Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Garden Square.