Work on the new St Kilda Pier will begin soon with the appointment of the main construction partner following a two-stage public tender process.
Ports and Freight Minister Melissa Horne today announced that Simpson Constructions will complete the $ 53 million St Kilda Pier redevelopment project and that off-site work will begin shortly.
Construction along the existing St Kilda Pier is expected to begin in early 2022, with the new pier to be completed in early 2024.
Featuring a dramatic curved design featuring a wider and more accessible walkway, tiered seating, additional washrooms, and a new community space near the kiosk, the new pier will allow more people to enjoy the sea. one of the most popular places in Melbourne.
The redevelopment will also provide better views of the city, while better protecting the famous St Kilda penguin colony with a new viewing platform as part of the design.
The new design provides for the pier to extend approximately 450 meters from shore to the breakwater, and a low landing stage constructed near the foreshore, facilitating passenger access to ferry and tour operator vessels.
The Andrews Labor government has allocated an additional $ 3 million in funding to the project for further work to improve the integration of the pier with the foreshore, improving the visitor experience. This integration complements the partnership between Parks Victoria and the City of Port Phillip to revitalize the St Kilda foreshore area.
When completed, the works will create an iconic visitor entrance to the pier and provide a better connection between Catani Gardens and vibrant St Kilda.
St Kilda’s famous razorbill colony will be watched and cared for by Parks Victoria and Earthcare throughout construction. The penguins will be safely observed from a distance while ensuring that they can roam freely without current intrusions.
The existing jetty will remain open as often as possible during construction before closing for removal in 2024. For more design images and to sign up for the latest email updates, visit parks.vic.gov.au.
As stated by Minister of Ports and Freight Melissa Horne
“St Kilda Pier is an iconic piece of Melbourne history and has played a key role in the city for many years. This is why we are investing to celebrate its past and ensure that this important facility continues to serve the community for many years to come.
“The tendering process has generated great interest from high caliber marine and civilian contractors, and we look forward to seeing this project take shape through the work of Simpson Constructions.
As Albert Park MP Martin Foley said
“After discussing with users in the local community the look and function of the new pier, it is exciting to see the pieces come together to transform St Kilda’s waterfront for greater use by the community . “
“The new pier will make St Kilda an even more important place as we build our post-COVID comeback for locals and tourists alike. It will also provide improved access and facilities for recreational activities and licensed tour operators, including boating, fishing and penguin watching.
As stated by the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip Louise Crawford
“Port Philip Council is proud to partner with the Victorian government to provide a welcoming connection from the foreshore to the new St Kilda Wharf for visitors and our community.”