Bondi Pavilion project enters next phase

4 December 2018

Bondi Pavilion project enters next phase

In September 2018, the community was invited to provide feedback about the proposed concept designs for the Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project.

We received 111 survey responses and 568 email submissions during the consultation period. A report summarising that feedback went to Council for consideration on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

The report recommended a number of changes be made to the concept designs based on the feedback we received from the community.

Council endorsed the amendments which included:

  • Indicating all commercial tenancies as large 'shell space' to allow for small or large tenancies as demand, structural and heritage considerations would allow.
  • Repositioning the Tourist Centre/Box Office to the north of the Entrance Foyer.
  • Relocation of the Lifeguards Room on the Ground Floor to outside the Pavilion.
  • Increasing the size of the amenities in the Theatre Green Room.
  • Allowing for a designated loading/unloading zone in the southern courtyard for users of the High Tide Room, Music Studios, Theatre, Art Gallery and events.
  • Ensuring the first floor servery room is fit for multi-purpose use in association with the adjacent rooms.

Waverley Mayor, John Wakefield, said the Council will now progress the revised concept design to the next stage of the process - detailed design.

“This is a significant step forward in the Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project and it is going to be an exciting year ahead,” Mayor Wakefield said.

The community will have further opportunity (28 days) to provide feedback when we are at the Development Application (DA) stage. Council is aiming to lodge the DA in early-mid 2019.

The motion carried by Council also states that the Council will:

  • Investigate an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘one-stop shop’ enhancing the Pavilion’s community cultural connections with the local traditional owner and broader Sydney Aboriginal islander community.
  • Notes the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan and the schedule of intrusive heritage elements specifically the internal courtyard amphitheatre, and notes that a demountable seating structure be a suitable option for replacement of the amphitheatre, and the glass extension on the north eastern corner of the Pavilion.
  • Notes that the next phase of the Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation Project requires development application assessment framed by the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan involving independent assessment officers, heritage consultants and the NSW Heritage Office, and that the development assessment will include a 28-day period for public consultation and submissions.
  • Notes that the Bondi Park Cultural Landscape Conservation Management Plan has been submitted to the NSW Heritage Office but has not yet been endorsed.
  • Notes that concept design outcomes in regard to the curtilage of the Bondi Pavilion including the eastern forecourt, the northern, southern and western areas will be the subject of more design and public consultation consistent with the Bondi Park Cultural Landscape Conservation Management Plan after adoption.
  • Notes that the curtilage will include details of outdoor furniture for public and commercial use, amenity requirements, potential for a new outdoor amphitheatre pedestrian and vehicle access as required, and paving and surface treatment.
  • Prepares materials for an information board in the Bondi Pavilion detailing the adopted concept plans as specified in this resolution, as well as a timetable and works program.

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