Burwood Link

Deakin University,
Victoria, Australia

This 250m long aerial pedestrian bridge finally connects the two Burwood campuses of Deakin University across the Gardiners Creek public reserve.

The whole edifice is made of structural hollow section weathering steel - the first of its type to our knowledge in the southern hemisphere - and was entirely prefabricated off site.

Pedestrians walk through the centre of the 3D structural frame and are contained by frameless, 1.7m high glazed panels that can hinge inwards so they can be maintained from the bridge deck.

The glazed sides not only allows the pedestrians to connect with the surroundings, they also enhances the bridge’s light weight appearance.

The simple palette of weathering steel, concrete and glass was considered to complement the bush environment it crosses, low maintenance and for longevity.