Cardno’s iconic bridges

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Bridges deliver long-term benefits to our communities. They are an essential component of a nation’s economy and infrastructure, often playing a primary role in uniquely connecting towns, major cities and countries.

Bridge design plays an integral part in Cardno’s history. Our company co-founder Harold Davies, was part of a team which designed and built the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in the 1920’s and 30s.

Over the decades, Cardno has been involved in the design of more than 3,000 bridges in Australia and overseas.

In 2009, former Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh unveiled Queensland’s 150 icons, listing the Gateway Bridge as one of the state’s leading structures and engineering feats.

Cardno undertook the transport planning work for the initial study of Queensland Motorway Limited’s $1.88 billion project. Our Bridges team worked alongside contractors Leighton-Abigroup during the tender, detailed design and construction phases as specialist bridge consultants to help deliver the newly balanced cantilever bridge crossing of the Brisbane River. It remains one of the largest bridge infrastructure projects in Queensland’s history.

In the same year, the two kilometre-long Phu My Bridge which spans over the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, opened to the public. The bridge was constructed from March 2007 to September 2009 and our Bridges team was responsible for the detail design of the approach structures and temporary works. As the first cable-stayed bridge to be constructed in Ho Chi Minh City, the bridge was built to ease traffic congestion and form a crucial link to National Highway 1.

For many years, we have successfully enhanced community infrastructure through designing carefully fabricated pedestrian bridges.

Our team worked alongside the City of Bunbury to redevelop the Koombana Foreshore in Western Australia in 2016.  One of the project’s key features is the iconic refurbished Koombana Footbridge. Our use of architecturally produced steelwork on the Koombana Pedestrian Bridge demonstrates our ability to utilise simple methods to create interesting structural shapes, which draws on the region’s history.  This bridge, intended to reflect the shape of a buried ship’s hull, features fabricated steel ribs, which varied in length and reached a length of up to seven metres high over the length of the bridge structure. We incorporated these elements into the prevailing structures, making use of the existing bridge piers and beams. Through collaboration, the project team was able to successfully repurpose this important piece of rail history to create an iconic community asset.

The Nan Tien Pedestrian Bridge, located on the southern outskirts of Wollongong, Australia launched an official opening ceremony on 28 July 2018. The bridge is part of an $18 million project connecting the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the southern hemisphere, and the Nan Tien Institute, Australia’s first government accredited higher education institute grounded in Buddhist wisdom. Our Bridges team delivered a design which makes an aesthetic statement of the pedestrian bridge with a slim, elegant 112 metre long span across the Princes motorway, landscaping areas and a flowing safety screen. 

In addition to structural engineering design, our Bridges team takes great pride in blending aesthetics, culture, heritage and history into bridge design. As a company, we look forward to continuing to accentuate the importance of these foundations into our designs for our communities in the future.


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