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Construction starts on Knight’s New Zealand road bridge

Work has started on Knight Architects’ £14 million Lower Hatea River Crossing in Whangarei, New Zealand

The 265-metre-long viaduct has a 25-metre opening section and is part of a package of improvements aimed at challenging congestion in the main city of the country’s Northland region.

Martin Knight of Knight Architects explained: ‘The design concept is modelled on the traditional Maori fish hook and the distinctive curved steel structure rolls backwards to raise the bridge deck, allowing yachts passage to and from the inner harbour.’

The first phase involves earth works which will ‘pre-load’ the site of the bridge on both sides of the harbour. Construction of the bridge structure will continue through to mid 2013. 

Claimed to be New Zealand’s first bascule bridge built in fifty years, the project is structurally engineered by Peters & Cheung and will feature a lighting scheme by Speirs + Major.

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