TCL, Aurecon and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer were engaged in 2012 to design the new Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Bridge, following a design competition run by the South Australian Government's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).
The Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge provides a vital connection between the city’s highly visited Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Railway Station and the recently redeveloped Adelaide Oval. The 255-metre-long bridge was constructed by McConnell Dowell and arcs over the River Torrens, connecting two key destination points on the north and south banks. The upgraded connection points provide activated destinations at each end of the bridge, with interactive elements including lighting and water features.
The design team worked with cultural consultant Karl Telfer from Cultural Research Education and Design (CRED) to facilitate local Indigenous links and storytelling within the project. The south landing hosts a stainless steel artwork where subtle traces of animals are etched onto the surface of the steel and can be seen by day, while representations of the southern constellations can be seen by night.
The completion of the Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Bridge provides the groundwork for further revitalisation projects planned in this part of the city, including the adjacent Festival Plaza that TCL is working on with architects ARM.