The Tree of Knowledge Memorial provides a replacement canopy and enclosure for a significant ghost gum, which was returned to its original location after undergoing a thorough preservative treatment. Bligh Tanner was responsible for structural design and documentation, which involved significant collaboration with the architects, to ensure all detailing was sensitive to their design vision. At over 18 metres high, the structure includes approximately 4,000 hangers and timber elements of varying length, with a glass roof and stainless clad primary roof trusses. Constructability and erection were major considerations in the design, especially due to the remote location. The outcome was a resounding success, with the structure being completed in time for its official opening in May 2009.
Rising above the streetscape, the memorial canopy structure ensures that the famous tree remains the most significant Barcaldine landmark.
|Client||Barcaldine Shire Council|
|Architects||m3architecture, Brian Hooper Architect|
|Project partners||McNab, A. G. Rigging & Steel, PK Rigging|
|Our role||Structural engineering|