Engineering award for Kurilpa Bridge

Nov 26, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by David Sandison

Arup and Baulderstone have been announced as joint winners of the 2010 Australian Engineering Excellence Award for the Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane.

The $63.3 million project is the result of a collaboration between Arup, Baulderstone and Cox Rayner Architects and is the world’s first tensegrity pedestrian and cycle bridge. The bridge is 425 metres long and connects the Brisbane CBD to the city’s cultural and leisure precinct.

The annual Australian Engineering Excellence Awards recognise innovation, sustainability and excellence in engineering across the nation. Arup Principal and Arup Project Director for Kurilpa Bridge, Ian Ainsworth, said: “Overcoming the technical challenges posed by the unique structural form and the congested inner city site not only required extreme innovation in structural engineering design, but also the development of a suite of new approaches, processes and software tools.

“The successful completion of the ambitious project on time and on budget is not only a significant engineering and construction achievement, but is a testament to the way in which the entire project team collaborated and contributed”.

Baulderstone General Manager Queensland, Stephen Green, said the bridge “delivers an iconic national landmark and a vital connection between the Brisbane CBD and the city’s cultural heart through innovative and unique design, engineering and construction. The success of Kurilpa is an example of a team of innovators and professionals who came together to produce a piece of infrastructure that unites a city and also makes a creative statement about Brisbane.”

Kurilpa Bridge has also previously been awarded the Excellence Award for Project Infrastructure over $20 million Award as well as the Innovation Award at the Engineers Australia Queensland awards; the 2010 Australian Steel Institute Structural Engineering Steel Building Design Award; and the Karl Langer Award for Urban Design at the 2010 Queensland Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards.

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