Perry Bridge

Structural Designer

Holmes Consulting

Client Name

Emmetts Civil Construction


Horotiu, New Zealand


Eastbridge Images: © Saul Osborne Photography


The Perry Bridge is the final link in the chain of the 70km Te Awa River Ride Walk and Cycleway. A visually stunning, innovative network arch installed using a unique cable launch method. The bridge is very long and slender, spanning 130m at just 3m in width. The bridge was launched across the river by sliding the leading end along tensioned cables.  

Judge's comment:

A fine example of thinking outside the box to launch this 130m long slender network arch pedestrian bridge across the river. Sliding the leading edge of the bridge arch along pretensioned cables anchored to both river banks required careful analysis and engineering finesse. To see this erected in this manner in just under two hours must have been a sight to behold. Great engineering.

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