The Nan Tien Pedestrian Bridge project involved the design, construction and commissioning of a new pedestrian footbridge over the Princes Motorway and connect the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple to the new Nan Tien Institute. One of the main guidelines for the overall Nan Tien Institute development plan was to support and inspire learning and the pursuit of research and creative practice within a Buddhist framework. In this context, the pedestrian bridge is the entry statement and included some unique aesthetic aspects including the incorporation of landscaping areas and ‘flowing’ safety screen.
The bridge overall length is 112m consisting of three spans of 31m, 46m and 35m, which are continuous and integral with the bridge piers. The superstructure is made up of precast, prestressed concrete super T-girders, cast in-situ headstocks, piers and deck slab. The substructure consists of reinforced bored concrete piles and pile caps. The construction staging of the bridge required significant temporary works to allow for quick installation of the girders to minimise the disruption of the motorway which was closed for the middle span installation. Large steel support brackets were installed on the piers to land the super T-girders prior to making the integral connection by completing the headstock.
The bridge opening ceremony on 28 July 2018 was attended by several hundred people including the NSW Premier.