Te Wero Bridge

Auckland

2008

Bascule bridge

Auckland City Council

Hyder Consulting
Kenneth Grubb Associates

Denton Corker Marshall

Length:61m (south leaf)
53m (north leaf)
Deck width:11.5m (south leaf)
9.3m (north leaf)
The Te Wero Bridge will connect downtown Auckland and the revitalised Wynyard Quarter to the west, as part of the plans of Auckland City Council for the regeneration of the wider waterfront and central business district.
The bridge will carry cyclists, pedestrians, passenger transport and possibly light rail. To maintain existing boat access it must also open and close as quickly and quietly as possible for boats accessing the inner Viaduct Harbour.
Taking inspiration from images of closely tacking yachts, the winning design is a twin-leaf bascule bridge, with a mast structure that houses counterweights and a control room. The deck splits in two as it rises, with the leaves sweeping apart to come to rest in a V configuration. The longer, broader south leaf carries the two passenger transport lanes while the north leaf is exclusively for pedestrians and cycles.
The bridge will have a clear opening span of 40m to retain boat access to the Viaduct Harbour. Constructed with a lightweight aluminium deck, the desig