The Kids' Bridge - Perth Children's Hospital
- Design and construction will link the lawn area adjacent to Perth Children's Hospital with Kings Park.
- Construction expected to start in late 2020, and be completed in the second half of 2021.
- Currently in planning and preliminary design phase.
Image: Artist impression of the rainbow-coloured Kids' Bridge extending from the Children's hospital grounds, over Winthrop Avenue, into Kings Park
We are managing the design and construction of a three metre wide, 225 metre long pedestrian bridge over Winthrop Avenue in Nedlands to connect the lawn area located between Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) and the multi-story carpark on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre grounds to Kings Park.
To be known as ‘The Kids' Bridge’, the facility will provide families and children using facilities on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre campus with the opportunity to escape the rigours of their hospital journey by safely visiting Kings Park. Clinicians strongly agree that providing the opportunity to visit places like Kings Park is positive for the overall wellbeing of unwell children and their families.
Design and Construction
Proposed since 2012, the bridge was initially considered as part of the Perth Children’s Hospital development, however, was deferred to ensure completing Perth Children’s Hospital was prioritised. Deferring the project also enabled the development of a collaborative delivery plan to be prepared with key stakeholders for design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the bridge.
Design engineers AECOM have been appointed via competitive tender to undertake the design for the pedestrian bridge, which includes reviewing the previous design concepts of the Kids' Bridge with cost and key stakeholder requirements to be considered.
A construction tender will be called when the final design is completed and approved by project partners, with the successful builder expected to start in late 2020. The Kids Bridge is expected to be complete in the second half of 2021.
No final cost has been determined for the Kids' Bridge, which is being funded by the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (PCHF). We are project managing the Kids' Bridge Project, including all community engagement relating to design and construction.
The Kids' Bridge Project involves stakeholders from Perth Children’s Hospital, the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, QEIIMC Trust, Main Roads, Botanic and Parks Authority, Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Health Service and City of Perth.
Following the launch of the project on 16 February 2020, with a concept design that has been agreed with key project stakeholders, detailed design work will now begin.
Leading the detailed design management, construction, maintenance and community and stakeholder engagement, we will continue to work with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and QEII Medical Centre Trust to seek approvals as the detailed design progresses.
Once the detailed design is complete, a construction tender will be advertised and awarded. This is anticipated in towards the end of this year.
Environment and Community
We are working with the Botanical Gardens and Park Authority (BGPA), Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, Child and Adolescent Health Service, Perth Children’s Hospital and City of Perth regarding the bridge design. In particular, we are working closely with BGPA to minimise the project footprint on flora and fauna in the park.
Information about the project will be distributed to the adjacent residential community and key stakeholders in the coming weeks by post. Subscribe to email updates for the Kids' Bridge , or check this page for updates as the bridge progresses.
The new bridge will provide safe and efficient access between the native bushland in Kings Park and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre campus, vital for the health and wellbeing of the children and families that use these facilities. Further, indigenous patients and their families for whom the hospital precinct is so foreign, as well as for staff and the wider community will benefit from connections to the existing local path networks in the area.
Further benefits include:
- Providing opportunities for play, recreation, relaxation, reflection and respite for hospital staff, patients and visitors
- Improved health and wellbeing through connection to nature
- Clinical opportunities such as using the bridge in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, and
- Health benefits realised for campus staff through increased access to existing cycling and pedestrian paths, and the ability to use the park for fitness, lifestyle and work break activities.