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Bridgeport Hotel

Murray Bridge, South Australia

Geotechnical * Civil * Structural * Building Services

A trip to the Murraylands region is not complete without a visit to the newly transformed Bridgeport Hotel. Overlooking the Murray River, the hotel underwent a $45m redevelopment in 2021 and now boasts three new bars, two restaurants, function spaces, an infinity pool and 99 guest rooms over six floors.

The Flexi Engineers team provided engineering services across geotechnical, building services, civil and structural to support this iconic redevelopment. By engaging TMK for this project's engineering needs, we took a holistic approach to deliver innovative and timely engineering solutions.

Originally built in 1884, the stone frontage was irrevocably modified in the 1970s.

Following an investigation, it was determined that the frontage could not be restored. We began work on a design for a new six-storey building that maximised the views of the river and integrated cutting-edge technology. Features include:

  • An open kitchen in the Rivergum Restaurant where diners can see their meals being prepared and an outdoor terrace with river views.

  • The Pool Bar where guests can also sip cocktails by the heated infinity pool overlooking the river.

  • Function spaces of various sizes are capable of hosting functions for up to 500 people.

  • Technology enables guests to use their smartphones as room keys and control the temperature in their rooms.


The Structural Details

  • Six-storey hotel development over basement carpark comprising concrete framed construction throughout.

  • Efficiency in construction was also achieved to the accommodation suites by utilising Ultrafloor floor slabs supported on load-bearing precast concrete walls which were able to be replicated on Levels 2 to 5.

  • Off-formed concrete transfer floors on the Ground, First and Second floors are all required to achieve expansive open spaces throughout to hotel bar/lounge/function facility areas.

  • The building footprint is in close proximity to a railway tunnel which serves as a critical freight corridor, as such preserving the integrity of the existing tunnel was a critical structural design consideration of the construction.

The Building Services

  • High-efficiency air conditioning systems integrated with occupancy monitoring to reduce energy usage when rooms are unoccupied.

  • Efficient modern ductless carpark exhaust systems utilising in-built variable speed drive and smoke detectors.

  • High level of conditioned fresh air ventilation is provided to Corridors to increase comfort levels.

  • Solar panels provided almost the entirety of the roof.


The Bridgeport Hotel has played a central role in the Murray Bridge community since 1884, and we look forward to seeing it continue to serve the community in years to come.

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