Avon River Corridor Bridge opening

Our construction team in Christchurch, led by Site Manager Jason Johnstone, have finished developing the carpentry package for three, architecturally designed bridges that meander down the Avon River. The Medway, Avondale, and Snell bridges, crafted by HEB Construction, are an important feature in the development of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. Jason says, “I’m very pleased to have worked on this project and can’t wait to show my family the completed work”.

The Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor plan exists to provide a range of environmental, social, and commercial benefits to the Canterbury population. In addition, The Green Spine will form the core of the regeneration area and focus on making the Ōtākaro Avon River a healthier place for people and wildlife.

All three bridges at Avondale, Medway Street and Snell Place and a new riverside landing at Dallington were funded by a $13.7 million grant from the Christchurch Earthquakes Appeal Trust.

We’ve added a touch of timber to these solid structures and created safe access ramps to each bridge.

Our Total Tactilez™ stair nosings on each ramp ensure that even on the frostiest of days, pedestrians can safely access the bridge on bikes, scooters, by foot or wheelchair. It’s noted that the nosings on this bridge have been installed to meticulous standards, “we know that sites like this have huge traffic demands and installation of quality nosings are key” says Jason.


These pedestrian and cycle bridges provide an important connection between the wetlands and the neighbouring communities. The Avondale Bridge crosses the Ōtākaro Avon River at the end of Briarmont Street in Avondale. The Medway Bridge from Medway Street in Richmond and the Snell Bridge is located from Snell Place in Dallington.

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