Albert 'Tibby' Cotter Walkway, Sydney
Moore Park, Centennial Parklands is one of Sydney’s key cultural precincts with the Sydney Cricket Ground, Allianz Stadium, The Entertainment Quarter and Fox Studios attracting over 6 million visitors and 1.5 million spectators and event patrons each year.
The need for a safe, direct route across Anzac Parade through the parklands has been recognised for some time and included in the master plans for the area since 2002. It is also the first part of the cycleway connection to the Sydney CBD from the east, in the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan.
Moore Park is on the State Heritage Register and is a well loved area of open space in the city. Anzac Parade is one of the city’s finest boulevards and home to a stately avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees. In response to this context, Roads and Maritime worked with the Government Architect and specialist architects to develop a bridge design addressing the landscape and heritage of the area as well as the various stakeholder needs. An integrated urban design and engineering approach was adopted aimed at producing design excellence and minimising environmental impacts.
The bridge is located at an opening in the fig tree avenue, requiring removal of only two significant Moreton Bay fig trees on Anzac Parade. It is aligned with the Devonshire Street route to Central Railway Station. The CBD light rail project is improving this connection with a new pedestrian bridge over the Eastern Distributor, also aligned with the walkway.
With a fluid, light, sculptural form, the bridge celebrates the journey into the sports and entertainment precinct. The design of the bridge elements, with slender spans and elegant piers, helps to integrate it sensitively into the landscape. The helical ramps onto the bridge respect the parkland by minimising the extent of land used while ensuring a gentle slope for walking.
Between September 2015 and February 2016 approximately 125,000 people crossed the walkway. This equates to an average of approximately 900 people per day.
The bridge is named after Albert 'Tibby' Cotter, an Australian fast bowler and ANZAC who was killed in action during World War I.