The Kids’ Bridge
Perth Children's Hospital Foundation
We are managing the design and construction of a three metre wide, 217-metre long pedestrian bridge over Winthrop Avenue in Nedlands to connect the lawn area located between Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) and the multi-story carpark on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre grounds to Kings Park.
To be known as ‘The Kids' Bridge’, the facility will provide families and children using facilities on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre campus with the opportunity to escape the rigours of their hospital journey by safely visiting Kings Park. Clinicians strongly agree that providing the opportunity to visit places like Kings Park is positive for the overall wellbeing of unwell children and their families.
Design and Construction
Proposed since 2012, the bridge was initially considered as part of the Perth Children’s Hospital development. However, it was deferred to ensure the hospital was completed first. Deferring the project also enabled the development of a collaborative delivery plan to be prepared with key decision makers for design, construction and and ongoing maintenance of the bridge.
Design engineers AECOM have been appointed to design the pedestrian bridge, which included reviewing the previous design concepts of the Kids' Bridge with footprint, users, cost, constructibility and maintenance requirements key considerations.
We will call a construction tender when the final design is completed and approved by project partners. Contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2020, and the bridge is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.
The Kids' Bridge Project involves stakeholders from Perth Children’s Hospital, the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, QEIIMC Trust, Main Roads, Botanic and Parks Authority, Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Health Service and City of Perth, as well as the community.