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08 Nov 2016 In Lifestyle

The new Swan River Pedestrian Bridge – maximising East Perth’s connectivity

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The Swan River Pedestrian Bridge (http://www.perthstadium.com.au/news-and-information/fact-sheets/swan-river-pedestrian-bridge-project-overview) is currently under construction and is expected to open in early to mid 2017. It will span 370 metres across the Swan River connecting pedestrians and cyclists moving between East Perth, the Burswood Peninsula and the new 60,000-seat Perth Stadium (http://www.perthstadium.com.au/project-design/stadium-and-sports-precinct-design) also currently under construction.

The new world-class multi-purpose Perth Stadium is set to open in 2018 and will accommodate Australian Football League (AFL), cricket and entertainment events with flexibility to host rugby union and league, soccer (football) as well as other major events consistent with requirements for Commonwealth Games and international athletics.

According to the New Perth Stadium website, ‘the Stadium will offer an unrivalled spectator experience including exceptional event atmosphere and cutting edge stadium technology’. (http://www.perthstadium.com.au/project-design/stadium-and-sports-precinct-design)

When the Stadium opens in early 2018, it is anticipated approximately 14,000 people will cross the bridge on event days moving between East Perth and the Burswood Peninsula.

The bridge will provide Vue Tower residents with easy access to a network of cycling and walking tracks as well as a number of riverside picnic and barbeque areas and parkland areas including The Chevron Parkland that forms part of the broader Sports Precinct (http://www.perthstadium.com.au/project-design/sports-precinct-design). The park covers 2.6 hectares of rehabilitated land and will include six play areas along the Swan River foreshore and a number of permanent artworks by leading Western Australian Aboriginal artists.

Crossing the bridge, pedestrians and cyclists will enjoy landscaped seating areas and decorative lighting encouraging people to pause and enjoy the picturesque views across the Swan River.

The 370 metre long, nine metre-wide bridge will be made from structural steel covered with a Teflon coated fabric. It will have a steel cable-stay span of 160m at the centre. This central structural arch will rise majestically 65 metres above the river to provide a focal point from distant vantage points, the city and Perth Stadium.

The design of the bridge transcends this engineering inspiration with the bridge’s graceful ribbon-like form likened to swans, dolphins and a Wagyl – a snakelike dreamtime creature of the Aboriginal Noongar culture.

Vue Tower is the perfect place to live for the lover of sports, either as a spectator or a participant. Within two kilometres residents will have access to world-class sports action at the new Perth Stadium, NIB Stadium, the WACA Ground, Gloucester Park and Langley Park that holds sporting events such as Polo in the City.

For those who’d rather participate in exercise, the Swan River foreshore and Langley Park provide the perfect place to cycle, walk, jog or do you morning yoga or Tai Chi routine with the sparkling Swan River as a backdrop.

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