Tau­manu Re­serve Bridge wins award

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

What does an Auck­land pedes­trian bridge have in com­mon with Den­mark’s busiest trans­port hub?

The two projects have been de­clared joint win­ners of the pres­ti­gious World Ar­chi­tec­ture News Trans­port Award 2016.

Isth­mus Group are the ar­chi­tects be­hind the win­ning Tau­manu Re­serve Bridge in One­hunga.

It was part of the One­hunga Fore­shore restora­tion project that pro­vided lo­cal res­i­dents with the first sig­nif­i­cant ac­cess to the wa­ter since the 1970s.

The other joint win­ner was Nor­re­port Sta­tion in Den­mark, de­signed by Got­tlieb Palu­dan Ar­chi­tects, which caters to around 350,000 trav­ellers a day.

The trans­port award judges praised the way in which the bridge con­nected a park split into two parts by a mo­tor­way.

‘‘A bridge of suf­fi­cient form and ex­pe­ri­ence was re­quired to stitch the halves to­gether, with a leg­i­bil­ity that was of the park and not the mo­tor­way.’’

Judge Cather­ine Hal­lett, tech­ni­cal spon­sor for river cross­ings at Trans­port for Lon­don, says the de­sign was in­no­va­tive.

‘‘It stands out, it does ex­actly what it says it is go­ing to do.

‘‘It links to the beach, it looks like the beach. Beau­ti­ful to walk across, beau­ti­ful to look at, with func­tion and form - it ticks all the boxes for me.’’

Sean Burke, an as­so­ciate at Isth­mus Group, says the com­pany is hon­oured to re­ceive the award. with the coast.

‘‘In de­sign we talk a lot about putting peo­ple at the cen­tre of the de­sign. A re­ally im­por­tant part of this is by place-mak­ing through clever de­sign.

‘‘Giv­ing peo­ple a well de­signed place that they are proud to use, is safe to use and serves a pur­pose

Tau­manu Re­serve Bridge in One­hunga has won an in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tec­ture award.

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