30 October 2018
The City of Gold Coast has marked an important milestone in the evolution of its cultural heartland with a sod turning on the much anticipated HOTA green bridge.
The bridge will link HOTA with Chevron Island and beyond to the Gold Coast’s main tourism area in Surfers Paradise . The bridge construction is a joint venture between Georgiou Group Pty Ltd and Brady Marine & Civil Pty Ltd. Main bridge construction will start in December and will generate 45 jobs. The 5m wide pedestrian and cycle link will span 130m across the Nerang River to the Chevron restaurant and retail strip.
Mayor Tom Tate today turned the first sod on early works for the $19.5 million bridge. Mayor Tate said the cultural precinct was undergoing an $80 million evolution. “There is no stopping us now with the $60.5 million art gallery due to start in March. We are on track with our 10-year masterplan to transform HOTA into one of the most renowned cultural destinations in Australia,” he said.
Green bridge facts:
- $19.5 million;
- Mobility compliant;
- Design adopts principles of the 2014 Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan with use of the voronoi, a naturally occurring dynamic and generative pattern which links HOTA’s buildings and landscape;
- 5m wide and with a 130m span;
- The southern bridge landing over Evandale Lake will form a striking arrival including seating and an area for pop-up food carts; and
- Same height clearance for vessels as the Chevron Island west bridge.