icubed Environmental and Engineering Navigate the Moreton Bay Cycleway

If you are looking for a nice spot to go for a Sunday stroll or you want to break out the lycra, the newly completed Moreton Bay cycleway in Victoria Point is well worth a visit. The mixed-use cycleway extends from Cameron Court to Point O’Halloran Road and winds through native bushland.

icubed were engaged by the Redland City Council to undertake the planning, environmental risk assessment, structural and civil design and construction methodology of the new pathway. Boardwalk sections of the cycleway wind through the marsh land of Eprapah Creek, including Point Halloran Conservation Area, so the design and construction needed to be considerate of geotechnical and environmental characteristics of the site.

Through the preparation of Environmental Management documentation and the design process, the alignment was adjusted to minimise the environmental impact to the vegetation. The use of material technologies, such as Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials, were utilised to minimise construction impact and increase the lifespan of the boardwalk.

The FRP design proposed provided driven FRP piled foundations in ground that varied from good material to essentially swamp grade soil. The FRP piles eliminated the need for pouring typical concrete foundations, or driving steel piles, which would be susceptible to corrosion in this environment. The piles were lightweight and easy to handle on-site, reducing the impact on the surrounds that multiple trades may have otherwise created.

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