The Swan Street Bridge provides a vital connection, linking Melbourne’s CBD with its world-renowned sporting and recreation precincts. Congestion has become a significant concern and along with the increased vehicular capacity of the bridge, VicRoads have identified the Swan Street Bridge Upgrade as a significant opportunity to improve the pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and to enhance the urban design quality of the bridge and its immediate surrounds.
Recognising this, our design draws on the rich engineering and architectural qualities of it’s context, as well as the sporting and cultural history particular to this part of the river.
Our design seeks to enhance all user experiences, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, while respectfully engaging with the formal expression of the existing bridge and surrounding built environment. The design provides for a highly functional river crossing, with streamlined circulation paths that operate under both daily and highly congested event conditions.
In order to comprehensively address the urban design recommendations provided, and the characteristics of the site itself, the new structure has been carefully stitched into the bridge embankments. The process of thoughtful integration with the site’s immediate context epitomises our approach to collaborative design, we worked closely with landscape architects McGregor Coxall to ensure that all facets of design were rigorously considered so as to achieve successful integration with not only the built environment, but also the natural environment.