One of Melbourne’s most iconic piers is set to get a makeover with early planning underway to renew St Kilda Pier.
St Kilda Pier is one of Melbourne’s most popular piers and attracts over 800,000 local, national and international visitors annually.
St Kilda Pier was built in 1971 and is approaching the end of its practical service life. To ensure St Kilda Pier remains an iconic feature of the St Kilda landscape for decades to come a plan is required for its replacement.
Parks Victoria Executive Director Melbourne Chris Hardman said “Concrete piers and jetties generally last around 50 years depending on their design and the conditions they are exposed to. The current St Kilda Pier is slowly deteriorating as it nears the end of its practical service life and we need to plan for its future.”
“We are in the early stages of planning to replace the current pier which will ensure that it remains an iconic place to visit for decades to come.” he added.
Architectural firm Jackson Clement Burrows and landscape architects Site|Office have developed two designs that explore recreational and commercial boating needs, making the most of bay and city views, improving public amenities, integrating the pier with St Kilda foreshore and protecting wildlife while providing a great space for a range of visitor experiences.
The first option proposes a straight pier that extends past the kiosk, improves open space and adds water accessibility and a swimming lagoon located between the pier and breakwater extension.
The second option is a curved design that increases public space and facilities beside the kiosk, maximises uses of the breakwater extension and provides sheltered water access for swimming.
Parks Victoria is keen to hear the public’s view on the concept designs and how to make the most of the opportunity to renew St Kilda Pier.
The two concept options are available for viewing and feedback until 20 October 2017 at www.engage.vic.gov.au/new-st-kilda-pier
For more information about St Kilda Pier and Port Phillip, visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.
Pictured: Aerial view of one of the options, a straight pier alignment looking towards the city. Unlike the existing pier, this option extends the pier past the Kiosk