|Architect:||SMEC (Civil Consultant)|
The Majura Parkway Project is a $288 million single road infrastructure project connecting the Federal Highway to the Monaro Highway. It is the largest single investment in the ACT's transport network to date. Spanning across 11.5km the Majura Parkway consists of dual carriage way each with 2 lanes, a shoulder lane and cycle lane. A number of bridges have been included in the road design including one spanning 250m over Morshead Drive and the Molonglo River.
As this project is majority new works, new assets were provided and upgrades to existing on surrounding roads including Pialligo Avenue, Morshead Drive and Fairbairn Avenue. The project utilised street lighting located either side of the carriageways with some located in the median and others within the F-Type protective barrier. This required careful co-ordination with local authorities. Different requirements for the Federal Highway section of the linking road had particular requirements for the use of metal halide lamps as apposed to high pressure sodium used throughout the rest of the installation.
The proximity of the road to the airport introduced additional requirements for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority which required careful consideration during the design. In some areas the clear height allowed above the road due nearby flight paths is less than 6m. This created challenges in achieving the required lighting within this area particularly where lanes are diverging or converging. Special liaison with the civil design team, local authorities, suppliers and column manufacturers was required to ensure all requirements could be met.
Majura Parkway is due for completion in 2016.
Territory and Municipal Services (ACT Government) have put together a video showing a render flyover of the new road, located here.
The 388 Elizabeth Street development involved the redevelopment of an existing auto rental facility. Part of the existing building was retained and façade restored (facing Elizabeth Street and Little La Trobe Street) whilst a new 2 storey structure was built.
Currently at 55 Southbank Boulevard exists a 6 storey commercial office building. Proposed for the property was a 10 storey, 220 bed hotel development. The proposed 10 storey hotel extension to the existing commercial building presented an interesting challenge for the entire design team, but the overall vision was exciting, innovative and sustainable.
5 Bodalla Place, or Compass House as it has been named for its ability to provide ‘a new direction in energy efficient building design’, is owned by the two Rudds Directors and has been purpose designed and built as the headquarters for Rudds Consulting Engineers by Rudds' own personnel.
The NATSEM International Microsimulation Centre provides many benefits to the University of Canberra. The building consists of 680m2 of office space, 467m2 of teaching space, 210m2 of accommodation, a large kitchen and the corresponding circulation space and amenities.