Civil and Structural
 Consulting Engineers

Kawarau Falls Bridge

  • Kawarau Falls Bridge
  • Kawarau Falls Bridge
  • Kawarau Falls Bridge
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Key Project Details





McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd


Design - 


Novare Design was part of the successful design and build team that tendered this project. The team included Hadley Consultants (civil design), Coffey Geotechnics (geotechnical design) and Boffa Miskell (urban and landscape design). The design team worked closely with the contractor to achieve a cost effective design, tailored to suit the preferred construction methodology

The Kawarau Falls Bridge is a two-lane road bridge, 250m long by 14m wide. The bridge crosses the Kawarau River at the edge of Frankton Arm, approximately 2km south of Queenstown Airport and Frankton. The project includes embankment stabilisation at the road approaches, upgrade of the existing heritage bridge to become a dedicated walking and cycling facility, an underpass on the northern side to provide safe cyclist and pedestrian access to the Queenstown Trails network, and riverbank landscape and planting. New water and wastewater pipelines were also installed underneath the bridge for Queenstown Lakes Distruct Council, to future-proof land development south of Frankton.

The urban design of the bridge and its features is complementary to the Queenstown/Frankton setting. The horizontal nature of the bridge is emphasised through simple form, minimising vertical elements and through subtle horizontal lines (such as folding of the exterior face of the barriers).

The curved alignment is also emphasised underneath by the use of curved beams, visible by those using the river and south bank walkway.

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