Plans to upgrade Brighton’s iconic Dendy St Beach are underway, with planning permit notifications now installed at the site.
Last year, Bayside Council revealed details for a grand vision to transform the popular beach spot which included building a visitor centre, a 60-seat cafe, public toilets, terraces and a plaza with city and beach views.
The $8 million proposed redevelopment will also include improved drainage and accessibility as well as a new life saving club facility.
“The development of the new facility comes following four rounds of community consultation to achieve a result that meets the needs of the Brighton Life Saving Club but also provides added benefits to the community,” a statement from the council reads.
Feedback from community consultations found that people wanted a “natural and beachy” look for the building, which will be reflected in the timber panelling around its upper storey.
More than 40,000 visitors visit Brighton Beach each year to enjoy the sun and sand as well as see the iconic bathing boxes.
Bayside Councillor Felicity Frederico previously said that Dendy St Beach was regularly used to promote Victoria to local and international tourism markets.
“[The new facility] has been designed to complement the unique landscape of Dendy St Beach and the significance of the bathing boxes,” she said.
Notably, the council has taken sustainable design into consideration, citing that they will be able to achieve energy efficient design features, solar power generation and water reuse and capture.
Works at the site are expected to begin in 2017, and construction of the building is expected to take about 12 – 18 months to complete.
To learn more about the project and to stay up-to-date with its progress, visit Bayside Council’s website.