Chandler Highway is a short stretch of road and bridge that plays a significant role in connecting Melbourne’s northern and southern suburbs over the Yarra River. Originally designed to carry passenger rail, it has since come to carry large volumes of vehicle traffic within its narrow width.

To cater for the increasing demand, an upgrade has been proposed to widen the road, create a new bridge, remove vehicles from the existing heritage bridge, and enhance the landscape.

Seymour Whyte Constructions engaged Urbis to develop an alternative to the landscape reference design. Our design took a more site-responsive approach with features that cater for a broader range of uses, improved pedestrian and cyclist connectivity, and a more flexible and creative heritage bridge design.

Chandler Highway has never truly been a ‘highway’, nor should it be in the future. In its next incarnation, we envisage it as not a highway but a boulevard.