Brighton’s iconic Dendy St beach could become an even bigger attraction, with grand plans for a precinct to be built at the foreshore.
Bayside Council has unveiled plans for a $6 million redevelopment of the popular beach area, which includes a visitor centre, cafe, public toilets , terraces and a plaza with city and beach views.
The revamp will also see the Brighton Lifesaving Club building replaced.
Initial concepts of the new beachside complex, designed by Melbourne architect firm Jackson Clements Burrows, show a neutral-coloured building that will serve as a backdrop to the vibrant bathing boxes.
Bayside Mayor Felicity Frederico said the design concept reflected community’s preference for a “natural and beachy” feel, expressed during consultation last year.
“Dendy St Beach is home to Bayside’s famous beach bathing boxes and is regularly used to market Victoria to both local and international tourism markets,” Cr Frederico said.
“(The new facility) has been designed to complement the unique landscape of Dendy St Beach and the significance of the bathing boxes.”
The council plans to fund most of the redevelopment cost by building and selling bathing boxes at the beach.
Two bathing boxes sold earlier this year for $216,000 and $220,000 and another two are expected to hit the property market at the end of the year.
Brighton Life Saving Club will contribute money towards the lifesaving components of the facility.
But financial support is required to fund the rest of the redevelopment, with council seeking state and federal government funding to make up the difference.
If funding requirements are met, construction of the new Dendy St beach facility is expected to begin in the second half of 2016.
To learn more about the project and submit your feedback on the designs, visit Bayside Council.