The structure has been carefully sited, minimising impacts to the western approach (touch the earth lightly), whilst on the eastern approach (Penrith side), the abutment ‘reaches out’ towards the bridge as if to help span the distance across the river.
he unique curvilinear structure provides viewscapes from the bridge as one is crossing. Its sculptural quality creates a landmark that will cement the community’s identity with the river. The asymmetric alignment reinforces the dynamic difference between the eastern and western bank.
Upper terraces and shade structure provide for shade and enhance the user experience. These elements help to articulate the journey and add interest. The result is a variety of spaces and places to gather.
Natural materials such as timber create a more inviting space and define active from passive zones. The balustrades echo the hull of a timber row boat, relating it to the site context.
The introduction of viewing decks and balconies will be inviting for users to linger as a social space rather than just a river crossing, making the structure a destination in itself.

Nepean River Green Bridge

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Location
Penrith
Year
2014
Client
Roads and Maritime Services
Services
Concept design
Awards
WINNING DESIGN - December 2012 2015 AILA NSW Award for Urban Design in Landscape Architecture

The bridge was developed as a unique and iconic structure that provides safe shared path connection across the Nepean River and which promotes Penrith as a River City, linking it to the water, providing connectivity between Penrith and emu Plains, and which site lightly and sensitively into the landscape. .

The vision is to make the bridge a destination in itself rather than just a crossing point. After a thorough analysis of the surrounding landscape and environment, the solution explores the opportunity to create a concept that is playful and invites visitors to experience the Nepean River from a variety of vantage points. The spaces have been designed to meet, linger and contemplate.

The structure developed as a curvilinear truss emulates the sinuosity within the landscape setting, creating a sculptural appearance that provided a reference to other heritage structures and the natural forms of the river in an innovative way, allowing the bridge to have a softer appearance.

The design responds to the different site constraints and inspirations and is an integral resolution of a thorough site analysis and innovative design that is site specific and unique.

The bridge reflects the guidelines identified in the new masterplan for the city of Penrith; it also provides opportunities for economic activities, such as markets, festivals, and school excursions.

Design delivers a landmark structure that is unique, innovative, social and sculptural.

The bridge has a 200m clear span, making it one of Australia’s longest single span pedestrian bridges.

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