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Jim Stynes Bridge

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The Jim Stynes Bridge is a world class design that created the missing link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Docklands precinct and Melbourne’s CBD.


When: 6:15pm, Monday, 6 March 2017

Where: Frederick Wood Jones Theatre (Building 181, Room E307), 3rd Floor, Medical Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville (near the corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade)


Our presenter this month is Peter Murenu, Aurecon.

The Jim Stynes Bridge is a world class design that created the missing link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Docklands precinct and Melbourne’s CBD.

The design is a striking 125m long, lightweight structure spanning over the Yarra River and sweeping beneath the Charles Grimes road bridge, giving one the impression of hovering over the water. 

The structural solution is a unique, horizontal, self-tensioned catenary that incorporates the truss in its design to resist the rotating force induced by the cantilevered deck and the curved truss.

The design approach was one of absolute lightness – nothing more, nothing less – forming a solution that understands the fundamental requirements of context and function while minimising the impact upstream in extreme flood events. The bridge’s arc provides a smooth transition for cyclists, while allowing the structure to act in tension as a horizontal suspension bridge.

Peter will provide insight into the challenges faced with the structural design of this unique structure, including buildability, dynamics and stakeholder engagement.


About the presenter:

Peter is a Technical Director and Structural Engineer at Aurecon with an exceptional client-focus and is passionate about great design.  Peter has over 20 years’ experience specialising in major and complex projects including stadia, cultural, entertainment, commercial, institutional and rail related schemes. With experience living and working in Australia, London and Dubai, Peter brings a wealth of international expertise to his projects.

Peter led the Aurecon team as lead consultant for the Jim Stynes Bridge project. Peter was instrumental in bringing together all the stakeholders’ needs and incorporating them into the final design that is ultimately simple in appearance, but complex in execution