Expressions of interest open for Swan River Pedestrian Bridge

10 February 2014
Expressions of Interest (EOI) to design and construct the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge to connect East Perth and the Burswood Peninsula are now open.

The State Government is calling on industry to submit EOIs to design and build the bridge that will connect Burswood Peninsula, near the new Perth Stadium to East Perth, adjacent to Nelson Avenue and Gloucester Park.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the Government’s vision for the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge was to create a signature piece of public infrastructure for the people of Perth.

“This new structure will be a highlight on the Perth skyline and will be a crucial link between the Burswood Peninsula and East Perth,” Mr Buswell said.

“The pedestrian bridge is a key component of the new Perth Stadium’s integrated transport system to manage the movement of patrons to and from the Stadium.  It is expected up to 14,000 patrons will use the bridge on ‘event days’, but on non-event days the bridge will remain an important piece of public infrastructure to be used by the local community to cross the Swan River between the Burswood Peninsula and East Perth.”

The EOI is the first stage of the competitive tendering process for the bridge and was lodged on Tenders WA today. Contractors will be given information including the scope requirements and design quality objectives that integrate engineering, architectural, environmental and aesthetic principles expected from the proposals

The Minister said contractors would need to consider bridge design and construction objectives that included functionality and build quality, innovation and creativity, efficiency and sustainability, as well as responsiveness to the context and environment within which the structure would exist.

In December 2013, three short-listed consortia submitted their responses to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new Perth Stadium and sports precinct. Each response is now undergoing rigorous review and evaluation. The successful consortium will be announced in mid-2014.

Fact file

  • Industry asked to design and construct Swan River Pedestrian Bridge
  • Bridge will connect East Perth, adjacent to Nelson Avenue and Gloucester Park, with the Burswood Peninsula and new Perth Stadium
  • The bridge will be about 400m long (depending on the final design) over the Swan River and at least eight metres wide to manage the expected flow of patrons from the stadium on event days
  • Stadium construction is expected to be completed in time for start of 2018 AFL season