Te Awamutu War Memorial Park Bridges
The Te Awamutu District War Memorial Park was opened to the public on December 4th, 1955, by then Prime Minister Sir Sidney Holland, to pay tribute to those who served their country during World War 2. The historic park is a community hub that encompasses various facilities, including the Te Awamutu Netball Centre, playgrounds, and Memorial gardens. Running through the park is the Mangaohoi Stream. Two existing bridges that traverse the stream required upgrading to ensure safe access throughout the park.
The Waipa District Council commissioned Bridge It NZ, in collaboration with Tiaki Engineering Consultants, to design and construct two new bridges, the Shanel Place and Mangapiko bridges. In addition to upgrading these bridges, the council decided to expand the scope of the project to include two more bridges, the Netball Centre and Memorial Bridges.
Tiaki ECL is known for its successful collaborations with Bridge It NZ, delivering practical, cost-effective, and timely design solutions. Based on our proven track record, we were entrusted with the responsibility of completing the design package for all four bridges.
The bridges share common design elements and materials, ensuring they are all in keeping with each other. This cohesive approach provides seamless flow within the park’s path network, whilst also in keeping with the aesthetics. The Tiaki Engineering Team created a cost-effective and practical design solution that can be enjoyed by the public for years to come.
The Pony Truss structures make for effective pedestrian bridges, designed for 5kPa live load in accordance with the NZTA Bridge Manual. The Pony Truss bridge design provided an effective option for this project as they have strong load-bearing capacity, ensuring the longevity of the bridges.
The client wished for the bridge to reflect the traditions and ways of the tāngata whenua, people of the land. In the future, there are plans for every other bridge balustrade panel to be replaced with an artistic panel laser cut from a stainless-steel plate. These panels will be introduced in due course, so watch this space!
The construction of the Netball bridge marked the final stage of the project. Completing the project provides a valuable asset for the Waipa District Council for many years to come. Honouring the spirit of remembrance, the Te Awamutu and District War Memorial Park Bridge Project serves as an asset to the community.
|Project name:||Te Awamutu and War Memorial Park Bridges|
|Client:||Bridge It NZ|
|Structure:||Single span steel truss pedestrian bridges with FRP decking|
|Project Partners:||Bridge It NZ|
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