William Barak Bridge

The William Barak Bridge connects Birrarung Marr and Yarra Park. It was a critical piece of infrastructure for staging of events in the Sports & Entertainment Precinct during the 2006 Commonwealth Games and provides an important link for pedestrian movements between the sports and entertainment precinct and the adjoining parkland, Melbourne's CBD, and Southbank. The pedestrian link is approximately 525 m long and incorporates a series of bridge structures and a pedestrian plaza with terminations linking into landscaping elements in Yarra Park, at its eastern end, and Birrarung Marr at the western. The structural elements include: a bridge emanating from landscape elements in Yarra Park and passing over Brunton Avenue; a connecting bridge over the rail corridor spanning from Brunton Avenue to an elevated pedestrian plaza adjacent to Batman Avenue; a pedestrian plaza incorporating a tram stop on the lower level and providing access to Batman Avenue and Melbourne Park; a connecting bridge from the pedestrian plaza over Batman Avenue terminating in landscape elements in the Birrarung Marr parkland. The design and construction of the project required a high degree of integration between the architectural, structural, services engineering and railway engineering design. Importantly the very complex bridging structures were designed documented and constructed around the constraints of the operational requirements of one of Melbourne's busiest railway corridors.


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  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Innovation in engineered wood product bridge components

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  • Accession Number: 01384470
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 4:35PM