Council Appoints Architects For Dendy Street Beach Upgrade

by Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced architects Jackson Clement Burrows have been appointed to undertake the new Dendy Street Beach Pavilion redesign.

The new pavilion will provide for a number of improvements to the space including a café, kiosk and community space. Alongside this space shall have public toilets as well as providing new accommodation for the Brighton Lifesaving Club.

In a statement Bayside Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico underscored the significance of the site to the local community.

“Dendy Street Beach is home to the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes and is one of Victoria’s iconic locations,” Cr Frederico said.

“The Brighton Life Saving Club have been helping our community for over 90 years” and “the new building will not only provide an improved base from which the Brighton.”

“Lifesaving Club can continue their important work” but also will serve as “as a valuable community resource”, Cr Frederico said.

Alongside local considerations, Council has previously indicated its regard for Dendy Street Beach as an important tourist attraction within the Bayside area and this is understood to have also been a key factor in consideration of the design.

Graham Burrows, the Chief Architect of the Dendy project at Jackson Clement Burrows said his firm is very excited to have been awarded this project and is aware of both the local use and vistor-attraction that form the key components of Dendy Street Beach.

‘We’re looking forward to building a great new community facility within the city of Bayside’, said Mr Burrows.

‘We feel this is such an important site in terms of its iconic presence for Bayside and Melbourne’.

Mr Burrows also sought to underscore the number of ways this project is unique to the local community.

‘This is a site that benefits from a unique typography surrounding it.’

‘Accordingly we see here a great opportunity here to develop a building that is sympathetic to its site and that is a positive addition to this distinctive foreshore environment.’

Jackson Clements Burrows prior work includes the St Kilda Foreshore Promenade and the Keast Park Community Pavilion, home to the Carrum Bowls Club.

The total cost of the new pavilion and other associated works is expected to be in the region of $6 million with the Brighton Life Saving Club and Life Saving Victoria providing funding towards the Life Saving components of the building.

For Tim Bolton, President of Brighton LifeSaving Club the new design shall not just deliver a great new site for BLC, but also for beach-goers.

‘We have been working for a long time with Bayside Council on development of the new pavilion for Dendy St. It is a great thing to see it now realised and work set to commence’, said Mr Bolton.

‘The new club is a significant benefit for our members as the existing facility is well past its use by date.’

‘The new facilities shall provide improved ways and options for our members to use the building and enhance our ability to patrol the Dendy Street Beach. We look very forward to seeing its completion’

The new pavilion forms part of the larger Dendy Street Beach Master Plan which was approved by council in August 2013. Other improvements include redirecting stormwater drainage, upgrading beach access paths and the car park, landscaping and new signage.

Article first appeared in The Bayside Citizen December 2014

Ed Kennedy is a journalist, ghostwriter, and web developer from Melbourne, Australia. Contact Ed via on Skype or LinkedIn.

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