Pier Reconstruction and Wave Protection Works
Latest news (updated March 2014)Works underway to demolish outer section of pier
Removal of the decommissioned (due to safety concerns) 75 metre end of the pier is well underway with the deck, hand rails and under deck cross heads now removed.
All hands on deck – work started in late January to safely demolish old outer section of the pier.
Degraded timbre deck removed from outer section of the pier in Feburary and March 2014.
Works to remove the old timber piles are expected to be complete in March. Following this, new pile driving will start in late March or early April and continue throughout Autumn for as long as it takes to install the over 200 piles of varying lengths at the difficult and often windy site location.
Cranes on floating barges are used to extract the degraded piles from the other section of the pier.
The outer section of Mornington Pier
The following artist impression gives the first glimpse of what the new outer section of pier will look like when complete.
View from Fishermans Jetty looking north east
Design features of the new pier
The new pier will remain on its historical alignment and have a timber deck supported by steel piles and concrete sub-structure. The northern side of the pier has, in part, been stepped back in response to site conditions (rock placed on the sea floor in years gone by).
Wave screen panels will be similar to those installed on the middle section of pier. The pier deck ramps up be about level with the top of the wave screen panels, with the effect of maintaining the views out across the bay.
A low landing, sitting about 1.5 metres above low tide water level, will improve access for boats using the pier and for SCUBA divers to access under the pier. A gentle ramp will connect the low level landing with the pier, complying with design accessibility standards.
Ladders will be provided along the harbour side of the pier, along with seating, lighting, signs providing information about the history of Mornington Pier and navigation light near the end of the pier.
Repair and maintenance work to the iron stone paving near the entrance to the pier will be undertaken to improve pedestrian access.
View from Schnapper Point looking east
Mornington Pier Re-build and upgrade timeline
|August 2009||Works to rebuild 56 metre middle section of the pier commence.|
|2010||Pier condition report requires Parks Victoria to close outer section of pier to protect public safety as 20 percent of support piles were failing under the water surface.|
Works to rebuild 56 metre middle section of the pier complete. Replaced middle section of the pier can withstand storms and large waves notorious at Schnapper Point and is designed to last for at least 50 years.
|August 2013||Works to add wave screens to the middle section of the pier completed.|
|January 2014||Minister Hodgett announced start of works to demolish and re-build a new 81 metre reinforced concrete platform and timber deck to replace the decommissioned outer section of the pier.|
Works anticipated to take twelve months to complete, subject to weather conditions.
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