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Hendon Ave Bridge

I love the amount of effort the NZTA have put into the design of pedestrian and cycling bridges over motorways in the last few years. The renders below are of what the Hendon Ave bridge is expected to look like.

Hendon Ave Bridge

And here’s another picture of it.

Hendon Ave Bridge 2

The bridge is currently under construction.

21 comments to Hendon Ave Bridge

  • Paul in Sydney

    That is nice, the disconnect between the arch and the path is quite something. Top marks

  • By Warren and Mahoney, same designers of the Pt Resolution Bridge.

  • Jacques

    love the design, I haven’t seen one like that before. makes sense for a lightweight structure

  • Looks cool. I live near Hendon Ave, so am wondering where exactly this bridge will be placed and which two places it will connect?

  • Greg N

    Its a real shame, as has been pointed out before that the only way to get good cycling infrastructure is to hang a multi-billion motorway off the side of it.

    • Max

      Agreed, agreed. The two cycleway bridges between the tunnel portals (over rail line and Oakley Creek) will also look nice, though a bit smaller. Once AT gets finally ready to do their public consultation (originally planned for mid 2013, sadly still not yet…), you will be able to see some images of those too…

  • For those not sure where it is going to be located, you can see it in this video from about 1:20

    http://youtu.be/_9cVLboi9pU

    Also some more photos here
    http://www.warrenandmahoney.com/en/portfolio/hendon-bridge/

    • Buzz

      Boy that video leaves me feeling ill when I look at the money available and their lust to build monstor motorway stuff like the biggest road tunnel in Australasian and 4 level motorway interchanges. Interesting that the Western Ring Route is designed to take traffic off SH1’s Auckland Harbour Bridge but that doesn’t seem to figure in NZTA’s planning for the next harbour crossing.

  • Sandra Rawenata

    I love it. I run a walking group and look forward to all of the new places we can explore. This is very exciting :)

  • Feijoa

    Not a bad bridge, for sure. Do NZTA actually care how good the cycle lane is for users though, or is providing eye candy from the motorway more important? For instance standing directly above it on Mays Rd bridge you have to do a 400m back tracking detour down side roads to get on the path. Unlike the motorways it is a benefit not a problem to have ‘on ramps’ at every single opportunity.

    • Max

      Well, the northern end ties in well with anyone coming off Richardson Road, or along the Underwood Park cycleway. If you are coming from west from Hendon Ave, yes, you might have a detour.

      Southern end, if you come from the north side and want to go east, again it might be a small detour as the bridge curves west before tying in with the Sh20 cycleway, but it’s much more graceful and I think it will feel much less convoluted and “forced detourish” than the May Road access (know what you mean there).

      Route of the sweeping bridge (with since slightly changed southern end – more of a t-intersection now) is shown in this CAA plan (though we prepared this for another reason, as the legend explains).

      http://caa.org.nz/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Richardson-Road-Bridge-CAA-proposal.jpg

  • Luke C

    Looks like this is future proofed for the Mt Roskill rail line, but anyone confirm this. Would be a real pain if rebuilding this bridge had to needlessly be added onto the cost of the Roskill rail line.

  • Barb Cuthbert

    Simply beautiful. Once these new bridges are built we’ll have the makings of a superb cycle tour of the city’s cycle bridges – they’re mostly in the Western sector of the city so it would be easy to do.

  • Looks very elegant – love it! But: Design by Warren and Mahoney? No, they’re the architects. Who are the Engineers? Cos they will be the real designers of the bridge.

    • Loraxus

      Bridge architects are often engineers or have engineers working in their architecture team…

      • But, as far as I know, Warren and Mahoney are solely an architectural practice, always have been, no engineers at all. I just think that Engineers and Contractors need as much acknowledgement as do Architects. Quantity Surveyors I could take or leave…. Project Managers I could definitely be happy to never hear another word about.

        • bbc

          It was the engineers that gave us the ugly utilitarian foot bridges we’ve had to date such as that in Kingsland, no, it’s the Architects we have to thank for this one.

    • Mark

      The bridge was designed by “The Well-Connected Alliance” which is the alliance formed for this tunnel project by NZTA, Fletcher, McConnell Dowell, Beca, Tonkin & Taylor, Warren & Mahoney and others. Warren & Mahoney provided the architects and 3D graphics for this bridge, Beca provided the structural/bridge engineers, and Tonkin & Taylor provided the geotechnical engineers for the foundations. As cheesy as it sounds, all of the companies including NZTA worked together as one organisation on this project. It’s a good looking bridge because that’s what NZTA wanted – if they wanted a cheap one, we’d have an ugly utilitarian bridge alright.

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