Another feather in its cap for Koombana Footbridge

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Mayor Gary Brennan and Bunbury Development Committee chairwoman Robyn Fenech on the Koombana Footbridge following its WA Architecture Award.
Camera IconMayor Gary Brennan and Bunbury Development Committee chairwoman Robyn Fenech on the Koombana Footbridge following its WA Architecture Award. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

The distinctive design of the Koombana Footbridge has once again been recognised, with an award for urban design received at the recent WA Architecture Awards.

The bridge linking the Marlston Waterfront to the Koombana Foreshore has been in use for just over the year.

Gresley Abas director Phillip Gresley said his team of architects had wanted to create a strong sense of place when designing the bridge.

“Because the site has significance for Aboriginal people and for Europeans we wove together two distinct narratives to create the unique shape,” he said.

“It’s great to win an architecture award, but for us, the most satisfying aspect of this project is that people have embraced the bridge, and enjoy using it and seeing it lit up at night, and we are pleased that the design has become a local landmark.”

The lighting which can illuminate the bridge in an array of colours was also given a commendation at the awards.

Mayor Gary Brennan and Bunbury Development Committee chairwoman Robyn Fenech on the Koombana Footbridge following its WA Architecture Award.
Camera IconMayor Gary Brennan and Bunbury Development Committee chairwoman Robyn Fenech on the Koombana Footbridge following its WA Architecture Award. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the bridge had already become a landmark

“The bridge tells an important historical tale as well as looking sensational and has become an entry statement to the CBD,” he said.

“It is a real credit to the designers who made their vision come to life and we are ecstatic the design has been recognised with yet another accolade.”

The bridge was part of the first stage of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project.

Bunbury Development Committee chairwoman Robyn Fenech said the project was changing people’s perception of the city.

“We always knew this pedestrian bridge was something special — now it’s official,” she said.

“We are thrilled that once again an element from the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project has been recognised with an award.

“With its striking design and coloured lighting, this truly is a landmark Bunbury can be proud of.”

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