Skeleton Creek Bridges
2018 NATIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD - INFRASTRUCTURE
2018 VIC LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD - INFRASTRUCTURE
The Skeleton Creek Bridges project is testimony to what landscape architects can offer. The Council's initial preference was a standard procurement process using off-the-shelf components.
There was also skepticism that landscape architects should be the principal designer and project lead, which usually is done by engineers or architects. The designers showed leadership in convincing Council that bridges designed specifically for the environmentally sensitive setting could offer similar value for money, but deliver better environmental, functional and aesthetic results.
What could have been an uninspiring generic pair of bridges now provides high-quality shared user paths for communities either side of the creek in the fast-growing suburb of Truganina. A light-touch approach to design and construction has created essential connecting infrastructure while minimising the visual and environmental impacts. The elegant, understated bridges sit beautifully in the landscape.