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Plans for iconic St Kilda Pier facelift

Monday 9 October, 2017

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.

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

For more information about St Kilda Pier and Port Phillip, call 13 1963.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Executive Director Chris Hardman:

“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.”

“Community input in the design process for a new St Kilda Pier is an important part of creating the best possible future for one of Melbourne’s most loved icons.”

“Renewing the pier is an exciting opportunity for this generation to write a new chapter that builds upon the unique character and rich cultural history of St Kilda Pier.”  

“St Kilda Pier has changed quite a lot since it was first built in the 1850’s. The concept options explore how to make the most of the opportunity of renewing the pier and take into consideration how the pier is used now compared to 50 years ago.”

Media enquiries
Jarred Parsons
8427 2403

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