Construction works are underway to deliver the Perth Kids’ Bridge, which will link the QEII Medical Centre Campus to Kings Park.
The three-metres wide, 217-metre-long bridge will provide sick kids and their families with a safe crossing point over Winthrop Avenue to Kings Park.
Civmec, the construction contractor selected for the project, will use almost 300 tonnes of locally fabricated steel and employ 40 people – including apprentices and trainees.
The $6.3 million bridge will help to provide opportunity for a range of therapies, including allied health, to be delivered in an environment that harnesses the benefits of nature.
The benefits also extend to staff across the QEII campus, who can easily access the park for fitness, lifestyle and wellbeing activities as well as using the existing cycle and pedestrian paths for commuting.
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The Kids’ Bridge will be complemented by a programmable feature lighting installation that can be co-ordinated with other structures, such as the Matagarup Bridge.
Premier Mark McGowan said the rainbow bridge will become an iconic structure along Winthrop Avenue.
“This locally made bridge will provide a much-needed link for Perth Children’s Hospital patients and their families to the beauty of Kings Park,” McGowan said.
“I thank the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation and all the key stakeholders who have come together to make this project a reality.”
WA Health Minister Roger Cook said the bridge will deliver vital benefits for the families who need to use these facilities, with clinicians noting outdoor visits have a positive effect for the overall wellbeing of these families.
“Staff and the wider community will also benefit with easier access to existing local path networks in the area, and the ability to use the park for fitness, lifestyle and work break activities.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she is thrilled to see construction of the bridge delivered by a local Western Australian company.
“Civmec was a key contractor who helped deliver the Matagarup Bridge – the skill and expertise in delivering that project will be employed in delivering this bridge,” she said.