The West End Bridges are two proposed bridges that span over 300 metres across the Brisbane River, connecting pedestrians and cyclists from Toowong and St Lucia to the West End.
The proposed bridge between Toowong and West End is a cable stayed structure supported from an offset single mast to accommodate navigation along the river. The deck alignment follows a fluid curve across the river generating direct connections between Toowong and West End, Bicentennial Bikeway/Riverside Drive and Orleigh Park.
The St Lucia crossing is a suspension bridge supported from pairs of pylons close to the riverbanks. The main span is straight but the deck meets a spiral ramp on the West End side to accommodate a level change required by the height of the bridge to allow navigation along the river. The ramp is balanced by a corresponding circular viewing platform on the opposite bank.
Both bridges incorporate rest points, seating and viewing areas to capture vistas of Brisbane’s CBD, the curving Brisbane River and the surrounding natural landscape. Additionally, they feature lightweight shading devices in response to the city’s hot summers.