Local firms step in to make pedestrian bridge reality

October 31, 2017 by  

The contract to build a pedestrian bridge over the Swan River at East Perth has been awarded to Perth-based Civmec.

The company replaces a previous subcontractor, who was unable to deliver the components for the bridge despite several extended deadlines.

A spokesman for Civmec , however, said his firm has confidence that with the assistance of some local manufacturers, the pedestrian bridge can be completed in time to meet the deadline of March 2018.

The project, depicted in a graphic design to resemble a wave-like structure, requires the painting and fabricating of the 370m by 9m bridge’s decks and steel arches, which will be carried out at the company’s workshop in Henderson.

Each component will then be transported to the site where the completed footbridge will link East Perth with Burswood and its new stadium, which seats 60,000.

The bridge’s design will provide stadium access for about 14,000 pedestrians on event days.

The agreement dictates that Civmec is to arrange for local workshops and companies to assist with shop detailing and fabrication work.

Chief Executive at Civmec, Pat Tallon, said this collaborative push was essential if it were to be completed by March and the beginning of the 2018 AFL season.

“We’ve been asked to do it in a quarter of the time, so it’ll be very, very good for Western Australia as a whole and for our manufacturing industry if together we can deliver this.”

The Western Australia Government backed bridge project is estimated to cost $83 million.