Tapuwae – Northcote Bridges

Northcote Safe Cycle Route Bridge

About the project

Client: Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd

Material used:

  • Custom manufactured 10 mm cables from 3mm Carl Stahl coloured [ red & Gold] cables (from Ronstan International).
  • Complex installation of 32 cables per bridge. 40kms of wire to create these cables over the two bridge spans.
  • Fins and lighting done by others.

Summary: SRS and BECA worked together with Reuben Kirkwood for artistic design feasibility of artwork within structure back in 2018

Timeframe: Feb – May 2021 multiple motorway closures and night works

Project overview

SRS Group were delighted to be involved in the Northcote safe cycle route project that was completed in mid-2021. The project has created a safe, 5.5km route for pedestrians and cyclists along Northcote Road, Lake Road, and Queen Street on the North Shore.

Part of the project involved the construction of two bridges across SH1, connecting communities and providing a safe shared path for pedestrians and people on bikes to access several of the largest schools on the North Shore, Smales Farm Bus Station, Smales Farm Business Park, sports facilities, North Shore Hospital, and more.

The bridges have been officially named Tapuwae (footprint) by iwi artist Reuben Kirkwood of Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Iwi. Mr Kirkwood created artwork that extends across the span of the bridges. The artwork represents visually at day and night, the founding of the volcanic landscape in Tamaki.

SRS Group completed Mr Kirkwood’s design of gold and red interwoven cables across both sides of the bridge. Learn more about our cable manufacturing services.

Watch the video below to learn more about the project.