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Brisbane chooses new 'flood-resistant' ferry terminals design

Brisbane is set to get new ferry terminals to replace the seven damaged in January’s floods following today’s announcement today that the city had chosen a winning architectural design for the structures.

Previously, the city’s ferry terminals comprised a waiting pavilion above the shoreline and pontoons secured by piles on the water. The pontoons and their gangplanks were swept away in the floods.

The winning design is for a floating pontoon structure tethered to a single up-stream pier. This mast pile would resist drifting vessel impacts in the flood and act as a signage marker for each terminal, and the pontoon is designed to rise up and down it using a sliding clamp. 

A conventional anchor at the far end will keep the pontoon in its alignment. During a flood the gangplank would detach from a pin-point and swing around parallel to the pontoon so that it is unaffected by debris, and can be repositioned immediately after the flood.

The winning consortium of architects − Cox Rayner Architects/Derlot/Aurecon − will be awarded the consulting architect contract and construction is likely to start in October.

Australian deputy prime minister and treasurer Wayne Swan said the terminals would be “new iconic pieces of infrastructure” for the city. Meanwhile the city is also seeking views on a series of designs for reconstructing its damaged riverwalk.

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  • M Seshagiri Rao

    It would appear that the tidal variations within a twelve hour period are small at this location. We had a similar stiuation on the Hoogly at Garden Reach Calcutta and had to finally settle for a fully protected design. That was in 1978 M Seshagiri Rao FICE

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