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Dendy Street Beach Pavilion and Masterplan

The new Dendy Street Beach Life Saving Pavilion is the centrepiece of a $13 million upgrade to improve the visitor experience of this iconic precinct.

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The new Dendy Beach Life Saving Pavilion is the centrepiece of a $13 million upgrade to improve the visitor experience of this iconic precinct. The redevelopment includes:

  • A new pavilion including public toilets, facilities for Brighton Life-Saving Club including a life-savers’ beach observation area and multi-purpose training space and a small cafe with level access from the car park
  • Addressing unsightly storm water outfall
  • Improve the car park, shared trail and beach access pathways.
  • New lower and upper forecourt.

The design of the pavilion building includes timber cladding to the upper storey which reflects the natural and beachy theme which was the preferred look identified through community consultation. This is to be situated further back from the beach than the existing pavilion increasing the lower forecourt plaza area.

We are upgrading the facility because although the existing structure has served the community well over time, it is now in poor condition and doesn’t meet the needs of the Brighton Life-Saving Club's 650+ members and volunteers who provide important lifesaving service to the local community and visitors to the iconic beach.

Identified by Life Saving Victoria as one of the highest priority facilities for replacement, we have been working with the club and the broader community to ensure that the new building meets future needs of the community and has minimal impact on the local environment.

Project progress 

We are full steam on the construction of the new life-saving pavilion at Dendy Street Beach.

Works are currently underway on the implementation of the Dendy Street Beach Masterplan including the construction of the new pavilion.

To allow works to safely progress, the car park behind Brighton Life Saving Club and public toilet at Keith Court will be closed from 10 November 2021 until mid-2023.

The car park closure is required for the safe demolition and construction of the new Life Saving Club (including public toilets), upgrades to the storm water drainage and works in response to the EPA clean up notice.

Parking and access

Visitors will be able to park at alternative car parks a short distance from the beach:

  • Green Point car park, 950 m walk
  • Middle Brighton Baths, 850 m walk

Pedestrian access to the beach will be maintained via Park Street and outside of the fenced area around the construction site.  

We encourage visitors to utilise accessible car parks at both Middle Brighton Baths (4 spaces) and Green Point car park (2 spaces). Dendy Street beach can be accessed from the level pathway at Middle Brighton Baths and by using the bay trail path.

We are continuing to support the Brighton Life Saving Club and the vital community service they provide to the tens of thousands of people who visit Dendy Street Beach.

Temporary site sheds will be installed at the foreshore for the storage of life saving equipment, first aid facilities and viewing points to enable the life savers to continue their work to keep the community safe.

During the construction period, it is recommended that viewing of the precinct, including the best photos of the bathing boxes, is undertaken from the look out at Green Point. An accessible viewing area will be reinstated as part of the Dendy Street Beach Pavilion redevelopment.

Clean up notice

We are also continuing to work with the EPA to meet the requirements of Clean Up Notices for the precinct from Green Point to Middle Brighton Baths.

The EPA issued two clean up notices– one for the pavilion redevelopment site, the other for a broader section of the foreshore.

The EPA Clean Up Notices follow the discovery of contaminated soil during site assessments for the pavilion project.

Council is working with the EPA to manage contamination during the construction of the pavilion and associated works.

The Clean Up Notice for the broader foreshore and beach area requires Council to conduct further assessments to determine what, if any, action is required and provide a report to the EPA.

Organised activities that may involve disturbing soil in the broader Dendy Street Beach foreshore area are currently restricted as a precautionary measure.

Coastal erosion works 

Council has been working to respond to the impact of coastal erosion at Dendy Street Beach.

The south end of the foreshore is particularly vulnerable to southerly winds and storm surge events and northward sand movement over the summer. Over the winter months, southward sand movement is expected.

The volume of sand lost during these storm surge events has greatly exceeded the amount returned to the beach causing noticeable erosion impacting the bathing boxes, vegetation, and dunes at Dendy Street Beach.

We have been working with coastal engineers and key stakeholders to explore solutions to protect the iconic bathing boxes, important remanent Indigenous vegetation, precious dune system and cultural sites from any further damage.

As a temporary solution we have undertaken recent emergency sandbagging works to stabilise the bathing boxes at the south end of the beach. 

The next stage involves undertaking a beach renourishment project which involves adding large quantities of sand from the Park Street Groyne to the beach to combat erosion for the short term and increase the beach width.

The long term solution is still in early stages of investigation, with implementation anticipated to be in 2025 – 2027.

Upcoming works

Beach renourishment work will be undertaken from 16 May to mid-June 2022.

During the nourishment, the foreshore will become a construction site. Council will be using heavy machinery to extract, truck and distribute the sand to the south end of the beach. This will require the closure of both Dendy Street Beach and Middle Brighton Beach for up to five weeks. 

Environment, Land, Water and Planning on these works.

Fencing and barriers will be installed to limit public access into the construction site during the week, the beach will reopen on weekends.

Once completed, the renourishment is expected to:

  • increase beach width
  • improve recreational amenity for the whole community
  • provide a buffer from storm damage on the surrounding area, impacting the bathing boxes, important remanent Indigenous vegetation, precious dune system and cultural sites at Dendy Street Beach

 

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Frequently asked questions

Although the existing structure has served the community well, it is now in poor condition and doesn’t meet the needs of the Brighton Life-Saving Club's 650+ members and volunteers who provide important lifesaving service to the community and visitors to the iconic beach. Identified by Life Saving Victoria as one of the highest priority facilities for replacement, we have been working with the club and the broader community to ensure that the new building meets future needs of the community and has minimal impact on the local environment.

  • A new pavilion including public toilets, facilities for Brighton Life Saving Club including a patrol tower and multi-purpose training space
  • A small cafe with level access from the car park
  • Upgrades to the storm water outfall
  • Improvements to the car park, shared trail, and beach access pathways
  • New lower and upper forecourt

The design includes timber cladding to the upper storey which reflects a natural and beachy theme which was the preferred look identified through community consultation. The pavilion is be sited further back from the beach increasing the lower forecourt plaza area. Artist’s impressions have been uploaded to give you a better idea of what the life saving club will look like once its complete.

We're expecting to be on site for around 18 months with all works in the precinct complete in mid-2023.

Construction works will not impact summer beach patrols by Brighton Life Saving Club. Temporary patrol station and first aid facilities, shipping containers to store life saving equipment have been installed to ensure the Club continues their work to keep the community safe.

Due to legal proceedings the project has faced four years of delays. The new facilities couldn’t come sooner, and we are excited to finally delivering a new modern, fit for purpose facility that will serve the community for many years to come.

Visitors will be able to park at alternative car parks a short distance from the beach:

  • Green Point car park, 950m walk
  • Middle Brighton Baths, 850m walk

During the construction period, it is recommended that viewing of the precinct, including the best photos of the bathing boxes, is undertaken from the look out at Green Point. An accessible viewing area will be reinstated as part of the Dendy Street Beach Pavilion redevelopment.

Council is currently assessing several options to address the impact of coastal erosion to the bathing boxes and vegetation at Dendy Street Beach.

You might have noticed that sandbags at the footing of bathing boxes 82, 83, 84, 85 and 87 have been installed to prevent further damage caused by waves and wind. This solution is temporary, and we are continuing to investigate longer term solutions that can be implemented at this location.