Hampden Bridge Legacy

Salvaged sections of Wagga Wagga’s Hampden Bridge will be used to connect the city’s past with its future.

An interpretation feature, encompassing stories and histories related to the bridge, will stand proudly at the site of the former bridge crossing in Fitzmaurice Street.

The interpretation project was one of the specific consent conditions when the bridge was demolished in 2014.

Significant assessment reports were conducted in 2014 to determine which sections of the Hampden Bridge would be salvaged after its demolition. These salvaged sections have determined the design of the legacy project, which will stand at the Fitzmaurice Street entrance

Salvaged sections of Wagga Wagga’s Hampden Bridge will be used to connect the city’s past with its future.

An interpretation feature, encompassing stories and histories related to the bridge, will stand proudly at the site of the former bridge crossing in Fitzmaurice Street.

The interpretation project was one of the specific consent conditions when the bridge was demolished in 2014.

Significant assessment reports were conducted in 2014 to determine which sections of the Hampden Bridge would be salvaged after its demolition. These salvaged sections have determined the design of the legacy project, which will stand at the Fitzmaurice Street entrance to the former bridge.

In 2016 funding for the interpretation project, which was a consent conditions for the demolition of the bridge, became available. Somewhere Landscape Architects have designed a landscape plan for the site, using the salvaged pieces.

The interpretation project will draw on a number of historical themes – all directly relatable to the bridge: the crossing place, NSW road network, the bridge builders and engineering innovation.

The project has included consultation and investigation from various parties, including, the Heritage Engineers Australia NSW and Riverina branches, Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society, Museum of Riverina, CSU Regional Archives, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (formerly the Powerhouse) and more.

Design Details

The project includes:

  • refurbishment of Pier 3 (northern side of Murrumbidgee River),
  • refurbishment of Abutment A and timber ordinance fencing
  • lighting around abutment A and installation of a replica gas lantern
  • four interpretive signs
  • etched glass panel will recreate the position and structure of the Hampden Bridge
  • timber seating
  • reinstatement of flood marker
  • landscaping and irrigation
  • refurbishment of existing community artwork
  • refurbishment of amphitheatre seating
  • accessible ramps and pathways

Funding

This project is funded by:

Office of Environment and Heritage grant - $81,200

City of Wagga Wagga contribution - $286,400

  • Bridge legacy project close to finish

    2 months ago
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    The final pieces in one of the city’s newest community spaces which marks the significance of a local landmark have been lowered into place this week towards its official opening later this year.

    The Hampden Bridge may no longer span the Murrumbidgee River but its place in the city’s history will long be remembered as part of Wagga Wagga City Council’s $364,000 Hampden Bridge Legacy Project.

    You can read the full Council News article on our website.

    The final pieces in one of the city’s newest community spaces which marks the significance of a local landmark have been lowered into place this week towards its official opening later this year.

    The Hampden Bridge may no longer span the Murrumbidgee River but its place in the city’s history will long be remembered as part of Wagga Wagga City Council’s $364,000 Hampden Bridge Legacy Project.

    You can read the full Council News article on our website.
  • Council sets its sights on completing Hampden Bridge Legacy Project in New Year

    2 months ago

    Wagga Wagga City Council will continue transforming the former site of the historic Hampden Bridge early in the New Year, with a vision to complete the project by the end of April.

    The highly anticipated Hampden Bridge Legacy Project is using salvaged sections of the bridge, demolished in 2014, to connect the city’s rich and diverse history with its future.

    Strong progress has already been made at the prominent site along Fitzmaurice Street, including the refurbishment of existing community artwork, like Arthur Wicks’ iconic propeller, and the successful installation of a gas lantern painstakingly restored by Wagga’s Rodney Donkin...

    Wagga Wagga City Council will continue transforming the former site of the historic Hampden Bridge early in the New Year, with a vision to complete the project by the end of April.

    The highly anticipated Hampden Bridge Legacy Project is using salvaged sections of the bridge, demolished in 2014, to connect the city’s rich and diverse history with its future.

    Strong progress has already been made at the prominent site along Fitzmaurice Street, including the refurbishment of existing community artwork, like Arthur Wicks’ iconic propeller, and the successful installation of a gas lantern painstakingly restored by Wagga’s Rodney Donkin.

    Read the full Council News article on our website.
  • 2019 Wrap up - Hampden Bridge Legacy Project

    2 months ago
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    August 2019

    Levee works near Abutment A are complete which will allow the refurbishment of Abutment A to start.


    December 2018 – March 2019

    Planning for construction including services, irrigation, landscaping, Abutment A restoration, lighting and signage.

    Image: A bird's eye view of Abutment A prior to refurbishment


    November 2018

    Detailed design completed

    Image: Somewhere Landscape Architects drawings of the Legacy project design


    November 2017

    Design updated to align with the design of Stage Two – Levee Bank Upgrade


    May 2017

    Funding received from Office of Environment & Heritage


    March 2017

    Concept designs for the Hampden Bridge Legacy Project were...


    August 2019

    Levee works near Abutment A are complete which will allow the refurbishment of Abutment A to start.


    December 2018 – March 2019

    Planning for construction including services, irrigation, landscaping, Abutment A restoration, lighting and signage.

    Image: A bird's eye view of Abutment A prior to refurbishment


    November 2018

    Detailed design completed

    Image: Somewhere Landscape Architects drawings of the Legacy project design


    November 2017

    Design updated to align with the design of Stage Two – Levee Bank Upgrade


    May 2017

    Funding received from Office of Environment & Heritage


    March 2017

    Concept designs for the Hampden Bridge Legacy Project were approved at the March Ordinary Council Meeting.The project now progresses to the detailed design stage and a Councillor workshop held prior to the next report going to Council.

    Image: An image of Hampden Bridge as it appears on a "Greetings from Wagga" postcard, circa 1909


    May 2015

    Heritage Interpretation Strategy completed