A triumph of engineering and architectural collaboration, innovative thinking transformed a pedestrian and cycle path project into an iconic legacy structure. The Jim Stynes Bridge not only safely connects the Docklands precinct to Melbourne’s CBD, but also encourages people to run, walk and cycle as part of their daily life.
Designing the bridge as a catenary structure, extending over the river, provided the solution to supporting a pedestrian and cyclist pathway through the limited space beneath the road bridge. But, it posed demanding challenges to engineer a slender support system to counter the downward and twisting forces. Achieving the principle of ‘nothing more, nothing less’, the result is a beautifully designed structure, that benefits the local community.