Bridge of Remembrance

An indigenous ceremony marked this year’s official April opening of Hobart’s newest city landmark – the Bridge of Remembrance.

Summary

  • Architect: Denton Corker Marshall
  • Builder: Fulton Hogan
  • Fabricator: Haywards Steel Fabrication & Construction

About the project

The Bridge of Remembrance arose from a Commonwealth/State-funded initiative to build a memorial recognising the centenary of Australia’s First World War Celebrations. The bridge links the Hobart Cenotaph and Soldiers Memorial Avenue on Queens Domain, two of the city’s most treasured public spaces.

The elegantly twisting bridge connects both sides of Hobart’s broad entrance highway in a distinctive entry portal. This much-anticipated civic project’s major design feature is 180 metres of Capral aluminium sheeting, skirting the bridge.

The nine-metre-wide structure emerges from the ground as an angular metal shard, forming the vertical retaining wall at the ramp’s base. The plane momentarily reaches a horizontal position, slowly rising to near-vertical before terminating on the western side.

The visual contrast of the two anodised aluminium planes intensifies by night, with lighting strategically designed to illuminate the lighter surface while leaving the darker soffit in shadow. The bridge resembles a ship’s prow; Tasmania’s curved shoreline; or Gallipoli rowboats in profile.

The flat profile of the anodised aluminium wings, supplied by Capral, creates a natural pause and counterpoint to the Cenotaph. The ramp’s conclusion stands a respectful distance from the Eternal Flame and Cenotaph, while simultaneously inviting engagement.

The Capral alloys and finishes used were perfectly suited to this demanding project. Capral Tasmania supplied approximately 6.4 tonnes of 6mm 1200×2400 5005 H34 aluminium sheets; 2.7 tonnes of 4mm 5005 H34 1500×3000 sheets; and 10.4 tonnes of 4mm 1200×6100 5052 sheets, all of which were cut and anodised for the project. 14 tonnes of exclusive hanging channel/Zed sections were also used to attach the anodised sheets, cut specifically to ‘hang’ the aluminium panels from the side of the bridge.

Capral Tasmania met the unprecedented challenge to supply this volume of Alloy, and to accommodate a constantly moving installation schedule.  The two major Capral Alloys specified especially for the project offer unmatched capacity. Both the 5052 and 5005 are medium-strength, combining good weldability and formability with excellent corrosion-resistant properties.

Renowned Melbourne architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall was responsible for designing the bridge’s striking appearance. ‘The design respects the site’s cultural heritage and environmental values, providing the physical and mental space to pause and reflect,’ says Neil Bourne, Director at Denton Corker Marshall.

Tasmanian construction contractor Fulton Hogan managed the project and worked closely with the architect, as did the fabricating company Haywards Steel Fabrication and Engineering. Haywards was responsible for fabrication and installation of the Capral aluminium bridge skirting, along with the project’s unquestionable aesthetic centrepiece and visual highlight.

Haywards Project Manager Shaun Brown describes the benefits of working with Capral. ‘I greatly appreciated the contributions of all those involved with this intensely challenging project,’ he says. ‘This job was our first to feature anodised aluminium, and Capral’s support at every stage of planning and construction was remarkable. Capral’s Manager, Luke Batchelor, did everything possible to progress the project to its natural conclusion.’

This productive collaboration has been an essential component of providing Hobart with a monument of such lasting significance.

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