Western Australia | Urban
The project brief was to deliver appropriate infrastructure to facilitate safe access, for all, to one of UQ’s major entrances.
The finished design links a 35-metre elevated bridge to the St Lucia campus. The design includes more than 100 metres of on-ground and elevated walkway with viewing platforms, seating areas, lighting and shade structures, landscaping and concrete pathways. To minimise time on site, components including structural steel framing, roof panels and a lift were manufactured off-site.
“Our design encompasses a land bridge over a flood-prone gully and a series of canopied terraces enabling students to reach the Student Union from arrival via either the Eleanor Schonell Bridge or the UQ CityCat Terminal. The journey is articulated in a series of segmented parts accommodating disability ramp lengths and providing different outlooks over the campus’s green belt and lakes." (Cox Architecture, 2016, para. 2).
The design prioritises safe movement but also the joy of moving within UQ’s renowned campus. The introduction of the St Lucia Lakes Link makes the pedestrian and cycle movements the preferred choice for visitors. The eastern approach to the campus is now the dominant arrival point to UQ and the St Lucia Lakes Link has been recognised for a state award in the ‘urban design’ category by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).
"The design is characterised by its moulding to the topography and by stepped canopies which allow views up into the campus as people climb, and down to the alumni forest and lakes as people descend. A layer of perforated screens enriches this experience." (Cox Architecture, 2016, para. 2).
To complement the project, the Brisbane City Council built a new CityCat terminal near the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and contributed $750,000 to assist in addressing disability access issues in the area.
"For a modest budget, the project has converted a previously arduous and often sodden goat track into a journey traversed effortlessly by students by bus, cycle, ferry and on foot.” (Cox Architecture, 2016, para. 2).