The Rose Garden Bridge is an all abilities amenity providing a safe connection across one of Tasmania’s busiest traffic spots.
The Rose Garden Bridge, also known as the Brooker Bridge, consists of 6 spans with 3 separate ramp accesses and one stair access. It extends footpath connections to the existing pedestrian paths in the University of Tasmania Rose Garden.
It is 140 metres long and made of steel box girder, pre-stressed concrete beams and in-situ concrete decks on the approach ramps. The central span is a 51metre steel plate girder with a deck comprised of precast concrete panels. The architectural canopy is a fabricated SHS truss supported on steel brackets attached to the central span over Brooker Avenue and is a focal point for the bridge.
The project was delivered in a complex and challenging setting that required collaboration and innovation to manage. The worksite was one of Hobart’s busiest roads so required meticulous planning and a significant amount of night works. Managing and reducing the impact of works on nearby businesses, residences and education facilities also require careful sequencing and modifying work methods at times.
The completed bridge is a showcase for Tasmanian manufacturing and construction expertise. It is also a vital connector between the CBD and Queens Domain, including bicycle access and compliant with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.