Cover of Adelaide's Riverbank Footbridge
Adelaide's Riverbank Footbridge
  • Publication no: ABC-DES801-14
  • Published: 22 October 2014

This elegant structure, opened in early 2014, is a key element of the revitalisation of Adelaide's Riverbank Precinct. The area is one of Adelaide's iconic public spaces, offering panoramic views across the River Torrens, Parklands and Adelaide Oval. Crucially, the footbridge provides a river crossing and rail station access for crowds attending major sporting events at the recently upgraded Adelaide Oval. The bridge selection was based on a major design competition for this $40 million project. The winning entry satisfied the Client’s brief for a ‘design that will meet the highest levels of functionality and aesthetic resolution for the constituents and the city at large.’ The urban design was considered by the panel judges to be bold, elegant, striking and aesthetically pleasing. This paper discusses the urban design philosophy and presents some of the engineering challenges that were overcome in order to achieve this ambitious vision.