Barra Bridge – in progress

Centennial Parklands, Sydney, NSW

Sam Crawford Architects has been engaged by the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands Trust to design a new footbridge over Kensington Ponds, incorporating new pedestrian and cycle paths as well as a viewing platform. The bridge will act as a gateway to the park and connect the recently completed light rail station to a network of pedestrian and cycle paths throughout the park.

Ponds within the Parklands are home to the long finned eel, that during autumn make the incredible journey from the park’s many ponds to the sea. From there they swim to their spawning grounds in New Caledonia, only to return to the very same ponds later in the year. Adult eels make their way from the ponds down to Botany Bay, sometimes using the stormwater drains that link the ponds, but at times actually leaving the water to slide and wriggle overland to the next water body. They are compelled by instinct to journey to the warm waters of the Pacific to reproduce.The bridge aims to draw attention to this incredible migration; celebrating the form and dynamism of the eel.

SCA is currently working with Christie Civil on the final stages of detailed design and documentation, as Christie Civil begins construction on site.



Project Team

Sam Crawford, Ben Chan, Imogene Tudor, Ken Warr


Accessibility – Morris Goding Access Consulting
Geotech: JK Geotechnics
Structural Engineer: Simpson Design Associates
Surveyor: Opus
Quantity Surveyor: Altus Page Kirkland


Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands Trust


Christie Civil

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