Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Grafton Bridge safety screens win award

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL MEDIA RELEASE

12 June 2007

Grafton Bridge safety screens win award

Auckland City Council has received a national award for their innovative glass safety screens on Grafton Bridge.

Auckland City Council heritage chief advisor George Farrant says the award from the New Zealand Institute of Architects recognises the success of the council project in "meeting the need to install an unclimbable barrier while preserving views and creating a visually-appealing shelter, all without compromising the high visual and engineering heritage status of the bridge".

The screens are made of curved, 18mm laminated glass to allow easy cleaning and minimise vandalism. The judges described the screens as giving "a jewel-like quality to a much-loved icon" and said they provided "nurturing sheltered passage well in excess of their protective brief".

"The screens are a rare example of how a potentially difficult addition to an important heritage icon can be turned from imposition to inspiration," Mr Farrant says. "Further work to strengthen Grafton Bridge to withstand major earthquakes is also being done with great care for the bridge's top-shelf heritage values," he says.

Grafton Bridge, which was the largest reinforced concrete arch in the southern hemisphere when it was completed in 1910, is internationally recognised as an historic structure. The screens were added in 2002 to make crossing the bridge safer for pedestrians, at a cost of around $900,000.

Grafton Bridge is a major link in the Central Connector project, the council's largest public transport initiative since Britomart.

The Central Connector will create a dedicated bus route between the CBD and Newmarket, reducing peak journey times for thousands of passengers. As part of project construction later this year, the bridge will undergo extensive structural strengthening.

Strengthening work includes installing piles at the base of the foundations of the bridge's main piers, internally strengthening the piers, and retrofitting the underside of the bridge deck with carbon fibre reinforced polymer.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Less Than Stellar Choices


Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio - a role in which he has been invisible ever since – Bayly seems destined for a future as a trivia quiz question. That’s because as the National leadership contest comes down to a choice between Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon, the only decisions to be made on Tuesday are over who gets to be leader, and who gets the Finance job... More>>




 
 


Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>


RNZ: Judith Collins removed as National Party leader
Dr Shane Reti is interim leader of the National Party after Judith Collins lost a no-confidence vote. Simon Bridges was demoted and stripped of all portfolios over allegations of an inappropriate comment made five years ago at a party function. Judith Collins was voted out as National's leader today after the party was locked in a caucus for more than three hours... More>>


Government: Supporting New Zealanders To Recover From COVID-19 In The Community
The Government is increasing the support for New Zealanders who test positive for COVID-19 through the rollout of the COVID Care in the Community model and a $300 million funding boost to Pharmac to purchase new medicines to treat the virus, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>

ALSO:


National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>

Council For Civil Liberties: Disgraceful Government Secrecy On Vaccination Certificates As Legislation Rushed Through
On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being rushed through Parliament under urgency, the Minister has said it will not publish the relevant policy papers until ‘late January 2022... More>>


Government: Providing Business The Tools To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is building on measures to protect businesses and workers from COVID-19 as the country gets ready to transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on December 3, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels