Our planning and surveying teams are extremely proud to have been involved in the Memorial Walk project which officially opened on ANZAC day, 2015. It is expected that the walkway will be a major tourism and community landmark for Newcastle and the Hunter region.
ADW Johnson’s planning team provided advice on the approval pathway for the works, scoped and reviewed consultant studies and prepared the environmental assessment for the works. Resolution of heritage and endangered ecological community issues was achieved via close co-operation with EJE the project architects, Hunter Development Corporation who over saw the works and the City of Newcastle the approval authority and land owner. ADWJ was able to meet the tight assessment deadlines required to ensure the ANZAC day opening. ADW Johnson’s survey team provided the detail survey for concept development.
The walkway commemorates the centenary of both the WWI landing of Allied forces at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli, and the establishment of BHP Billiton’s Steelworks at Newcastle. The $4.5m project incorporates distinctive “DNA” strand bridge trusses, a reference to the modern scientific method employed to identify the remains of WWI casualties on the battlefields of Europe. Slender precast concrete “Y” columns and raised open deck walkways give the walkway minimal footprint on the scenic headland, with native re-vegetation of the surrounding landscape.