30 Jul 2019

The Grayston Pedestrian Bridge, which connects the Alexandra Township and the Sandton Central Business District, was awarded a Commendation at the 2019 Fulton Awards, in the category: 'Infrastructure more than R100m'.

Fulton Awards commendation for landmark Grayston Pedestrian Bridge | Royal HaskoningDHV

The landmark Grayston Pedestrian Bridge provides safe, unobstructed movement to pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Alexandra and Sandton.

According to the jury, the project deserved a commendation for its use of concrete to achieve a constant smooth deck profile along the entire length of the curved bridge.

Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa and the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) worked together to design a landmark pedestrian bridge as part of the City of Johannesburg’s Great Walk Project, which aims to improve pedestrian safety and mobility within key nodes in the city. Royal HaskoningDHV provided full services from Inception, Detail Design, Procurement and Construction Supervision.

Safety first

More than 10,000 residents of the Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, South Africa, cross the busy M1 highway to get to the Sandton business hub. It’s a 5km journey that includes crossing one of the busiest highways in the country. More than 160,000 vehicles travel on the M1 every day. And pedestrian jaywalking has been identified as a leading contributor to annual road deaths in South Africa.

In 2013, the Department of Transport identified the M1 in Sandton as being among the most hazardous roads in the country.

The Grayston Pedestrian Bridge provides safe, unobstructed movement to pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Alexandra and Sandton. Envisaged as a community focused project, it incorporates sustainable best-practice and design approaches intended to minimise future maintenance needs.

It’s an unobstructed six-metre-wide walkway and bicycle lane, along a 298-metre-long, cable-stayed pedestrian bridge over the M1, at the Grayston Interchange.

The Grayston Pedestrian Bridge is now a landmark structure in Johannesburg. LED lighting across the entire bridge not only makes night travel safer but also adds an ever-changing dynamic for the thousands of local and international travellers who see it every day.

It has also won multiple South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Johannesburg Regional Awards, including:

  • Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement – Community Based Category;
  • Most Outstanding Project in each SAICE Division – Transport Engineering Category;
  • Second place in the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement – Technical Excellence Category; and
  • Third place in the Most Outstanding Project in each SAICE Division – Structural Engineering Category.

About the Fulton Awards

The Fulton Awards are held by the Concrete Society of Southern Africa every two years. The awards were introduced 40 years ago as a tribute to the late Dr Sandy Fulton and have since grown into South Africa’s most prestigious concrete accolades.