The brief from Forests NSW was to design a platform that gives improved views to the north and south, and that showcases the use of Australian hardwoods.
Hyne Timber was asked to advise a species suitable for durability and for acceptance in a bush fire prone area, as well as handling live loads of 4kPa and 4.5kN. Hyne Timber also worked closely with the engineer, John Tozer, to advise on the type of connections that would allow the beams to be considered continuous - thus reducing the size of the beams required.
It was decided to show how steel and timber could be used in combination to give a dramatic structure that was generous in length and exciting to be on. The twin tall steel columns provide a visual “gateway” to the viewing area at the end. This provides views along the entire coast from Coffs Harbour in the east down to Nambucca Heads in the south.
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