St Kilda Pier Redevelopment
St Kilda Pier, built in 1971, is an iconic tourist destination with an estimated 830,000 visits annually. The 445m long Pier is nearing the end of its 50- year design life. Much of the reinforced concrete structure remains in poor condition despite recent strengthening works and is at risk of closure due to its deteriorating structural condition.
The Pier’s amenities are also inadequate (one public toilet). The visually decrepit condition of the Pier does little to support its important tourism role. The breakwater is home to around 1,300 Little Penguins which can be observed from a timber boardwalk. The boardwalk is inadequate to manage the growth in visits to this attraction, which exposes the birds to harm. Harm to the Penguins presents a significant risk of damage to Victoria’s tourism brand. The Pier provides the legal point of access to the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron’s 250-berth marina and the historic Kiosk (both Crown land leases). The Pier also provides access for several licensed tour operators and a platform for many recreational and leisure experiences. In the 2019-20 State Budget the Victorian Government provided funding over four years to rebuild the Pier, total funding $58.8million.
By 2024, the Project will deliver:
• A new curved pier, with a second separable portion for subsequent demolition of the old pier
• Seating terraces cascading down to the water’s edge
• Improved public space on the south of the kiosk, with improved public amenities
• Penguin viewing platforms to facilitate growth in visitor numbers and improve penguin safety
Ontoit will provide Superintendent and Project Management delivery services for the construction contract administration phase in accordance with the governance and reporting frameworks set out in the Project Control Group Terms of Reference. The project is nominated as a Local Jobs First Strategic Project, and Ontoit provides reporting across Social Procurement and Local Jobs First targets and outcomes. Ontoit monitors authority approvals and the fulfilment of approval conditions.