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Plans out for the Bowen Place underpass

By johnboy - 8 November 2011 18

Bowen Place underpass plan

The National Capital Authority is asking for your thoughts on their plans for an underpass at Bowen Place.

Located near Kings Avenue Bridge, the Bowen Place crossing forms part of the popular pedestrian and cyclist route around Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin. It is also a busy road – especially at peak hour.

Following community and stakeholder consultation earlier this year, five architecture firms were invited to submit designs for an underpass.

An independent design panel, chaired by ACT Government Architect, Prof. Alistair Swayne unanimously selected a concept developed by Lahz Nimmo Architects with Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects.

(The image I’ve chosen is called “Hero View” which I particularly like)

If they can build anything like what the plans look like I’ll be a happy camper.

Here’s what we currently have:


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18 Responses to
Plans out for the Bowen Place underpass
peterepete 6:47 am 09 Nov 11

I like it. I wonder if it would look as good with safty rails on th kings ave bridge bit above bowen

spinact 2:31 am 09 Nov 11

I-filed said :

It looks as though it isn’t the shortest possible route – it that’s the case it will be ignored and people will create a shortcut surely …

Yes, pedestrians (and cyclists for that matter) will create shortcuts where ever possible, but if they retain the concrete barrier on the median strip then it will be a shortcut to nowhere!

Looks great!

sengledow 9:00 pm 08 Nov 11

A significant step toward improving the interminable, and inconceivably boring, stage of the ‘two bridges’ walk between the Sculpture Garden and Commonwealth Park. Bring on a couple of good cafes along the Carillon/ Blundell’s cottage stretch . . . is it not possible to get power to that area, or what?

Postalgeek 2:59 pm 08 Nov 11

Looks good.

The only beef I have is the design encourages people to mill around a Kings Avenue viewing platform which also happens to be a pedestrian/cycle T-intersection and narrow congestion point. But maybe the space is larger than it looks.

patrick_keogh 2:36 pm 08 Nov 11

YetAnotherBlowIn said :

Wouldn’t it be easier, quicker and cheaper to build a straight ramp perpendicular to Kings Ave between Bowen Dr and the edge of the lake? Or is there a concern that would spoil the ambiance of the foreshore?

I confess I have only walked here a couple of times (and that when I did, I took the well worn direct tracks), but surely building an underpass would increase the gradient of the climb up to Kings Ave? Wouldn’t it be better (if the above idea was too detrimental to the lake frontage) to raise the pedestrians over the Bowen Rd and join with Kings Ave roughly where the “No Access; All pedestrians use path” sign is? A bridge is also less likely to fill with leaf litter and and rubbish.

The issues with the pedestrian overpass and direct connection to the bridge all relate to the management of the heritage value of the parliamentary triangle where there were (and would be) strenuous objections to the visual addition of the overpass which would be visible from APH and AWM. Not saying I agree, but that was the issue.

As it turns out the “well worn path” becomes less attractive with the underpass option because there would be no step down from the grass to the underpass, and I think it likely that they would fill in the current gap in the median strip concrete barrier, making the underpass the only way of getting across

damien haas 1:12 pm 08 Nov 11

YetAnotherBlowIn said :

Wouldn’t it be easier, quicker and cheaper to build a straight ramp perpendicular to Kings Ave between Bowen Dr and the edge of the lake? Or is there a concern that would spoil the ambiance of the foreshore?

I confess I have only walked here a couple of times (and that when I did, I took the well worn direct tracks), but surely building an underpass would increase the gradient of the climb up to Kings Ave? Wouldn’t it be better (if the above idea was too detrimental to the lake frontage) to raise the pedestrians over the Bowen Rd and join with Kings Ave roughly where the “No Access; All pedestrians use path” sign is? A bridge is also less likely to fill with leaf litter and and rubbish.

I made a submission with a very similar idea. The process began with certain guided suggestions – so you could only really choose from their already decided ideas.

I-filed 12:45 pm 08 Nov 11

It looks as though it isn’t the shortest possible route – it that’s the case it will be ignored and people will create a shortcut surely …

enrique 12:14 pm 08 Nov 11

From the design report…

http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/haveyoursay/index.php/current-discussions/bowen-place-underpass/design-report

…there is a not-so subtle reference to the possible future removal of Bowen Drive.

Does anyone know if this is on the cards one day or if the designers were just showing the flexibility of their solution under possible future options.

Holden Caulfield 12:06 pm 08 Nov 11

Looks pretty nice and will, for a while, most likely become the new spot for late night car photos!

jsm2090 11:40 am 08 Nov 11

Rather a nice design, and mimics the walk down to the Federation Place area. Although it’s hard to tell from the renderings, I imagine it will be a pretty gentle gradient, given the length and shape of the ramp.

YetAnotherBlowIn 11:30 am 08 Nov 11

Wouldn’t it be easier, quicker and cheaper to build a straight ramp perpendicular to Kings Ave between Bowen Dr and the edge of the lake? Or is there a concern that would spoil the ambiance of the foreshore?

I confess I have only walked here a couple of times (and that when I did, I took the well worn direct tracks), but surely building an underpass would increase the gradient of the climb up to Kings Ave? Wouldn’t it be better (if the above idea was too detrimental to the lake frontage) to raise the pedestrians over the Bowen Rd and join with Kings Ave roughly where the “No Access; All pedestrians use path” sign is? A bridge is also less likely to fill with leaf litter and and rubbish.

tidalik 10:50 am 08 Nov 11

So they decided not to go ahead with that weird footbridge idea?

poetix 10:21 am 08 Nov 11

Looks like you’d be able to get a fair bit of speed up on any self-propelled wheeled machine. Mind you, I think that 5km an hour is pretty good.

Keijidosha 9:25 am 08 Nov 11

Looks like a pretty speccy bit of engineering.

Classified 9:06 am 08 Nov 11

Terrific idea.

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