Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is part of the northern extension to the coastal walkway, connecting New Plymouth with Bell Block. The extension was made possible through a special agreement between Ngati Tawhirikura hapu and the New Plymouth District Council. Holding historical and cultural significance, the site was stage to a battle during the Musket Wars and is now a burial ground for the Rewa Rewa people.
Calibre Consulting developed the initial concept design images and undertook the Management Surveillance and Quality Assurance (MSQA) aspects that included site supervision for the offsite steelwork fabrication, offsite painting and onsite construction of the bridge abutments.
Due to the size and weight of the bridge, Calibre Consulting designed temporary steel supports to transport and lift the steel ‘super structure’ into place. Our team worked with Whitaker Civil Engineering, Novare Design and Fitzroy Engineering to construct the distinctive arch bridge, evocative of a breaking wave that spans the bridge diagonally, framing Mount Taranaki at one end.
The bridge consists of three steel tubes and 19 ribs that use 85t fabrication steel, 62t reinforcing steel and 550m2 of concrete. The bridge deck is placed at 4.5m above normal flow level to withstand any unexpected environmental challenges, such as floods and lahars from volcanic eruptions.