New Mandurah Bridge in line for more awards

The new Mandurah Bridge.
The new Mandurah Bridge.

THE Mandurah Bridge is in line for more awards following a win in the WA Division of Engineers Australia’s Engineering Excellence Awards and the CCF Earth Awards.

Due to the Engineering Excellence Award win, the project now moves on for consideration at the National Engineers Australia’s Awards this month.

The bridge has made it to the shortlist, one of only three, for the UK’s IStructE Structural Award for Vehicle Bridges.

The judges were “delighted by the simple elegance of the attractive but unusual concrete box girder design”.

They said the curvature of the plan form and soffit cross section was well conceived and detailed to create a very pleasing solution.

“The engineers turned what could have been an ordinary, mediocre and dull bridge into something delightful and created a popular new landmark for the City of Mandurah.”

The awards will be held in London on Friday, November 16.

Main Roads project director Mike Kapitola commended the project teams involved.

“The new Mandurah bridge is right up there on the international stage with other world class structures,’’ he said.

“For the bridge to be included as a finalist is testament to its elegance of design and quality of construction.

“No matter what the decision is on the awards night, the bridge has highlighted WA to the world.”

Although the bridge did not win, it was also shortlisted for the Institute of Public Administrators Awards Achievement Award in the Best Practice in Collaboration Between Government and Non-Government category.