By Juliano Oliveira
An above-water boutique bar and restaurant will set the scene for the new Kangaroo Point Green Bridge, which construction will begin by the end of 2022.
The cross-river pedestrian bridge will link the suburb to eastern areas and the CBD together. As a result, Brisbane City Council expects a reduction of up to 84,000 each year of car trips across the river.
Connect Brisbane consortium, led by BESIX Watpac, has been awarded the project contract. Its completion is scheduled for 2023.
“The final design of the city-shaping project showed not only would the bridge deliver a much-anticipated crossing for pedestrians and active transport users, but it would also offer recreational opportunities unique in Brisbane,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
“While Brisbane has some fantastic riverside dining opportunities, we do not have restaurants and bars above our river, and the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge will deliver the city’s first.”
Cr Schrinner affirmed that the new design would provide an over-water area to potentially being used by a restaurant, bar, or as an event space. The bridge will also host a café in the plaza, other small food and beverage outlets and viewing platforms along the 460-metre span.
“Brisbane is known as the river city, and this new bridge will help people get closer to the riverside by providing spaces to stop and enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the impressive outlook across the river and of the Story Bridge.”
“This major infrastructure project will also support more than 300 jobs and up to 50 apprenticeships, which is a much-needed boost for our local construction industry.”