Sydney Harbour Bridge lifts provide another chapter to historic structure


09 November 2018

Cardno: Cardno was proud to have contributed to another chapter in the history of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge recently following completion of a Review of Environmental Factors on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services to provide step free access to the bridge for the first time.

The project included installation of lifts to provide access to the pedestrian walkway at the northern and southern ends of the bridge, regrading parts of the existing pedestrian footpath on the bridge and landscaping the site.

Cardno CEO Ian Ball said that Cardno has been pleased to participate in the project given the company’s historical link to the bridge.

“Company co-founder Harold Davies was part of the team which designed and built the bridge back in the 1920’s and 30’s, so we have a long and proud history of association with the iconic ‘coathanger’,” he said.

“After graduating from Sydney University, Harold went to work for the Department of Public Works and was made assistant to John Bradfield, the bridge’s designer.

“Harold was involved in the whole of the bridge construction from 1923; he managed the design and construction of an overpass on the northern approach to the bridge and was a supervising engineer for the central arch section which joined the north and south sides in 1930.


“Cardno is enormously proud to have played a part in another chapter of the bridge’s history which makes the second most recognisable structure in Australia accessible to everyone,” he said.

Project manager Toni Doumith said that the project had presented some interesting challenges to the team to ensure that the design provided safe access to and from the bridge while maintaining the heritage value of the site.

“The project team worked closely with stakeholders from Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Heritage Council and local councils – as well as expert sub-consultants, contractors and suppliers to deliver to their brief for a simple design that would minimise visual impact on the bridge,” he said.

“The glass lift structure that was chosen adds a modern element to the area and allows for a see through experience.

“The Architect also designed a frit pattern on the glass that imitates the rivets of the bridge while reflecting light and reducing the solar absorption of the glass.

“Safety, community engagement, accessibility and heritage were all key themes of this project.

“With construction of the lifts now complete, one of Sydney’s premier tourist attractions is now accessible to everyone and we’re proud to have been a part of the continuing history of this iconic structure,” he said.




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