The Tanderrum Bridge is a pedestrian bridge connecting the
Melbourne & Olympic Park, home of the Australian Open, to
Birrarung Marr and the Melbourne CBD. This new bridge allows
pedestrians to move safely and quickly from the CBD and Flinders
Street Station to the event areas.
The bridge extends from Birrarung Marr, over Batman Avenue and
into Melbourne Park, over a total length of approximately 300 m and
a width of 8 m (7.5 m clear width from handrail to handrail).
The project also included an elevated concourse area with office
and ancillary spaces below and surrounding civil works within the
Melbourne Park precinct.
The design of the bridge commenced in September 2014 with John
Wardle Architects, NADAAA and OCULUS as the joint architects, and
GHD as structural, civil and services engineers. MPV managed the
project, with key stakeholders including Melbourne & Olympic
Park Trust, Tennis Australia and City of Melbourne. The bridge was
opened in January 2017.
The objective of the project was to create a bridge that would
complement the landscape as well as create a new feature for the
area. The functional design brief from Major Projects Victoria
(MPV) required a bridge that could span over Batman Avenue without
a central support, and required a 7.5m clear width for peak
pedestrian movements during the Australian Open and other Melbourne
Park events. A key design parameter was that ‘a two‐way
appreciation should be proposed that allows for appreciation of the
landscape from the bridge and appreciation of the bridge from the
GHD delivers innovation, elegance and sustainability
The structural form of the bridge deck that was developed in
response to the brief consisted of an 1100 mm deep steel box girder
with an in situ concrete deck. Features of this solution included
locating the superstructure below the deck to improve sightlines
for pedestrians on the bridge, while providing a sufficiently
shallow structural depth that achieved the vertical clearance and
stiffness required. The solution also aligned with the existing
landscape allowing complexity in architectural form to be created
via the filigree and balustrade.
The design team worked closely through all phases of the project
sharing BIM (Revit) models to ensure a co-ordinated solution across
all disciplines. The outcome is a bridge structure design that
overcomes the challenges with bridge alignment, construction
staging and dynamic response under pedestrian loading.