HLC and students from Hobsonville Point Primary thanked those involved in the design and construction of the two bridges that form part of the coastal walkway – Te Ara Manawa. Everyone enjoyed the walk along the bridges, then enjoyed a BBQ put on by the students.
The two bridges stand at around seven metres high and wind through the tops of the trees in the gullies below. They have been designed so high that you feel like you’re walking into the canopies of trees. The construction was challenging due to the curve and height of the bridges. The design took around six months, with a further eight for construction. The railing – thin steel poles with a timber top handrail – is intended to represent native plants Kiekie and Supplejack. The bridge floors extend past the railing, creating a softer line to the structures. While the major structures are steel, the bridges have been designed to give the impression they’re made entirely of timber. The bridges are due to be open to the public mid-January.