Bondi Pavilion Concept Design unveiled

7 September 2018


Waverley Council is delighted to announce that the Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project concept design is now open for community feedback at

Council this week endorsed the key elements of the concept design which incorporates the recommendations of the Bondi Pavilion Stakeholder Committee and is guided by the recently approved Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan (CMP).

Waverley Mayor, John Wakefield, said the concept retains the Pavilion as a community and cultural centre, and restores an already functional and beautiful building, for the future needs of the community.

“This whole-of-venue concept design has been guided by the CMP and extensive community feedback for a sympathetic restoration of our iconic Pavilion,” Mayor Wakefield said.

The Have Your Say page has information about the concept design and CMP including floor plans, factsheets and images, and a link to the feedback survey. The survey closes on 5 October, 2018.

Council will also be holding a community information session on Saturday, 22 September in the Bondi Pavilion foyer from 10am to 2pm with a presentation from Mayor Wakefield from 10.15am to 10.45am. It will be a great opportunity for people to learn more about the project, and to speak with staff.

“The community told us they wanted Council to retain, restore and conserve the heritage of the building and improve its functionality – and we have listened,” Mayor Wakefield said.

“This is not a major re-construction, but rather restores a functional and beautiful heritage building.”

Key endorsed elements of the concept design developed by the architect Tonkin Zulaikha Greer include:

  • Restoring and conserving the iconic beach front facade as well as the internal facades of the central block and the gatehouse facing Campbell Parade
  • Rebuilding amenities including showers and toilets
  • Adding a new amenities block on the northern wall accessible from both the internal courtyard and from the promenade
  • Upgrading all internal rooms, and in some cases combined and reconfigured
  • Restoring historic elements, such as the staircase
  • Upgrading the theatre with new seating, control room, lighting and stage
  • Refurbishing the music studios and high tide room, which are modern extensions to the Pavilion
  • Retaining, refurbishing and upgrading all other community and commercial spaces
  • The addition of a tourism centre on the beach frontage will add to the pulse of activity in and around the Pavilion.

Council has also been busy completing smaller-scale restoration works that do not require a development application including re-roofing the High Tide room, installation of new turf in the courtyards and tiling in the atrium.  More works will take place over the coming months including painting of all timber window frames, painting in the foyer and renovation of the toilets.

“The Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project will benefit from this additional community feedback before the DA process and detailed design commences later in the year.”

Bondi Pavilion was officially opened in November 1911 as the Bondi Surf Sheds and now attracts more than one million people each year to the cafes, community space and amenities.

For more information, or to make a submission, visit

Council will also be displaying information about the Pavilion project at key locations including Bondi Pavilion, Waverley Library and the Spring Street Customer Service Centre.