BPSM Architects are working in conjunction with mainland architecture firm, Denton Corker Marshall on Hobart’s new $8 million Tasman Highway Memorial Bridge project.
The 4-metre-wide, 200-metre-long pedestrian and cycle bridge will traverse across the Tasman Highway and connect two of Hobart’s most significant public spaces – the Queens Domain and the Cenotaph precinct on the shores of the River Derwent. The bridge will also improve connections to Macquarie Point to the south.
The Tasman Highway Memorial Bridge is part of a 2013 masterplan, with the memorial bridge one of five footbridges proposed under Hobart City Council’s 20-year management for the Queens Domain.
Intended to be lit at night, the footbridge will be a high-profile entry marker to the city, extending the Anzac Parade, and connecting the Cenotaph and intercity cycleway with the upper Domain, Hobart Aquatic Centre and Soldiers Memorial Avenue. The Cenotaph, built in 1925, was intended to be adjacent to the Soldiers Memorial Avenue, but the two sites were severed by the opening of the Tasman Highway in 1964.
This project is now under construction.
This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Public Fund, with construction of the bridge expected to be completed in 2018, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.