Hassell to design the landscape for the new Perth Causeway bridges

Hassell has been announced as the urban designer and landscape architect for the transformational Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges in Perth, Australia — a major new gateway into the city.

The proposed Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges span the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) from the eastern banks of Point Fraser within the City of Perth, touching down on Heirisson Island before continuing to McCallum Park in the Town of Victoria Park. The bridges will provide safer daily access for 1,400 cyclists and 1,900 pedestrians.

Hassell Principal Anthony Brookfield says the design aims to sensitively integrate the bridges into the landscape. It will utilise opportunities to make the commuter journey across the bridges an immersive and engaging experience through the telling of important stories that acknowledge the significance of this place to the Whadjuk Nyoongar community.

“We’re excited to be part of the team building this significant project with a design that will reflect and embed the Whadjuk Noongar culture,” says Mr Brookfield.

“As a major gateway into and out of the city, this is a great opportunity to transform the journey across the Derbal Yerrigan into one of cultural learning where we acknowledge the history and First Nation’s people who played a significant role as providers and carers for Country. The creation of a revitalised landscape within the context of the new bridges will incorporate these stories.”

Hassell is part of an alliance with construction participants Civmec and Seymour Whyte, designer participant WSP and owner participant Main Roads WA.

Construction of the bridges will begin later in 2022 with an estimated completion date in 2024.

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