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Atkins bags Adelaide Oval bridge

Atkins is to use its experience working on Oxford Street’s diagonal crossing on a project linked to the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval cricket ground

The AJ100 giant, currently the third biggest employer of architects in the UK, has been appointed to undertake detailed modelling for a footbridge providing access to the redeveloped 140-year-old Australian stadium.

The Riverbank Bridge over the river Torrens is part of the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Masterplan and will connect the city with the 50,000-seat ground.

Andrew Hodgson, sector manager for pedestrian space planning in Atkins, said the firms’ UK team would have significant input into the scheme.

He told the AJ: ‘The UK team is developing a range of simulations to understand the optimal citing of a pedestrian bridge between the Adelaide Oval and the Riverbank precinct. 

‘Our experience of designing a high quality public realm that can cope with large crowds – such as at Oxford Circus in London – as well as be appropriate to the local context on a day-to-day basis, will play a vital factor in developing a preferred design for the bridge.”

He added: ‘The aim of our work is to help refine a multi-criteria decision-making framework to include areas such as design, pedestrian amenity and value for money, wherein our key input will be to objectively appraise each design option for pedestrian amenity.

‘We see this project as an exciting opportunity to apply our pedestrian consultancy expertise in Australia, having previously delivered a number of strategic pedestrian based projects in Melbourne and Canberra.’

Construction of the bridge is expected to begin towards the end of this year and finish in late 2013.

The Adelaide Oval will host the second Test Match of the 2013/14 Ashes series against England in early December 2013

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