The South Australian government has appointed consultant Atkins to carry out detailed modelling for a new footbridge, which will be part of the redevelopment of the 140-year-old Adelaide Oval.
The Riverbank bridge is an integral element in the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Masterplan and will cross the River Torrens, connecting the city side of the river with the Adelaide Oval precinct on the northern bank.
“The key issue will be to work out what the design needs to respond to in terms of pedestrian loading and how people will use the bridge and onward public transport when major sporting events are held at this historic stadium,” said Atkins project director Cameron MacDonald. “We have worldwide expertise in this area through our experience using pedestrian modelling techniques and public realm analysis, such as the work we did during the design of London’s famous Oxford Circus diagonal crossing.”
Atkins will provide pedestrian modelling analysis and planning to guide the designers on requirements for the bridge’s width and alignment. The team will also consult with a number of Riverbank stakeholders such as the Festival Centre and Adelaide Oval about their needs.
“The bridge will assist in the revitalisation of this important part of the city and will play a major role in the movement strategy for the new 50,000-seat stadium,” said state minister for transport and infrastructure Patrick Conlon.
Construction of the bridge is expected to commence towards the end of this year and be finished by the end of 2013 to coincide with the completion of the $535M (Australian) Adelaide Oval redevelopment.