A date has been set for work to commence on the new St Kilda Pier with unveiled designs revealing community space, more toilets and a fresh viewing platform for penguin spotting.
On Wednesday, Minister for Ports and Freights Melissa Horne confirmed the much-anticipated work is scheduled to start in February of next year.
It is part of a $53 million redevelopment plan, with the new pier extended to 450m from the shore.
It will be completed by early 2024.
Designs have also been revealed for the new pier which will take the form of a curved walkway with tiered seating, extra toilets and a new community space near the kiosk.
There will also be better protection for the famous St Kilda penguin colony due to a new viewing platform.
While the new structure will start being built in early 2022, the existing pier will be accessible as long as possible before its eventual removal in 2024.
When construction starts, the penguin colony will be cared for by Parks Victoria and Earthcare to ensure there is no impact on them.
“St Kilda Pier is an iconic part of Melbourne’s history and has played a key role in the city for many years. That’s why we’re investing in celebrating its past and ensuring this important facility continues to serve the community for many more years to come,” Horne said.
“The tender process attracted keen interest from high calibre marine and civil contractors, and we look forward to seeing this project takes shape.”