He Ara Kotahi means a pathway that brings people together, and that's what it does.

Located in Palmerston North, the bridge design was inspired by a fallen karaka tree, with its roots on the southern side, its trunk across the river channel and its canopy across the city bank.

The curves at the entry and exit of the bridge were achieved by rolling the Richie Rail 26 handrail and extrusion to suit. The curve was gentle enough that the diffuser and LED strip complied to the bend without the need for any modification. The curves at the very centre of the bridge were too tight to bend the Richie Rail 26 to, so the handrails in this area were instead made with standard round tube.

The He Ara Kotahi project is a breakthrough in providing people better access to the river, in appreciating the significant heritage sites along its banks, and creating recreational opportunities.

Lighting Consultant: Fifth Season Design
Photography: Palmerston North City Council

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