Blacktown Sportsground

“Creatively bridging a sensitive wooded riparian corridor”

Executive Summary

Blacktown Sports Club was expanding with four new rugby league and soccer fields. Fleetwood was appointed by the lead contractor, Paynter Dixon, to deliver a pedestrian bridge to provide easy access from the Club’s carpark, passing twice across a sensitive wooded riparian corridor. Rather than create a fully bespoke and costly structure, Fleetwood worked with the landscape architects, Clouston Associates, to customise an existing system – Balmoral™ - delivering a striking 150-metre curved pedestrian bridge that answered the brief brilliantly.

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Executive Summary

Blacktown Sports Club was expanding with four new rugby league and soccer fields. Fleetwood was appointed by the lead contractor, Paynter Dixon, to deliver a pedestrian bridge to provide easy access from the Club’s carpark, passing twice across a sensitive wooded riparian corridor. Rather than create a fully bespoke and costly structure, Fleetwood worked with the landscape architects, Clouston Associates, to customise an existing system – Balmoral™ - delivering a striking 150-metre curved pedestrian bridge that answered the brief brilliantly.

Fleetwood involvement

Fleetwood was appointed by the lead contractor, Paynter Dixon following a competitive Design & Construct tender and a strong recommendation from landscape architect, Clouston Associates. Our first involvement was during the early design stages, providing Clouston Associates with detailed feedback on both the constructability and value of their design vision. It was at this stage we agreed the best way forward was to customise our existing in-house Balmoral™ system. Several key modifications were made, including the all-important balustrade. Once the design was approved, we were chosen to lead the project’s detailing, manufacturing and installation stages, guided at every step by our DesignExecute2™ process. Despite considerable challenges the new bridge was installed on time and on budget.