St Kilda Pier Redevelopment

Work is underway to rebuild the iconic St Kilda Pier. Once complete, the new pier design chosen by the community, will provide improved recreational space for more people to enjoy. The design will provide locals and tourists with a better place to watch the Little Penguins when they waddle back to their rock homes after sunset.

The rebuilt pier will feature public access for the community and visitors out onto the bay, views of St Kilda and the city skyline, improved protection and viewing area for the Little Penguins, a wider disability compliant walkway, new toilets, tiered seating and preservation of the precinct’s heritage features. The pier will be constructed from concrete and timber and extend about 450 metres with a 50-year design life. 

Curved pier design, artist's impression (2017)

Image: Curved pier design, artist's impression (2017)


1 July 2020

With a window of good weather, detailed design and testing works for the new pier is really coming along. This week borehole samples are being collected on the pier and in the water for geotechnical investigation. Access to the pier is still open for pedestrians during this time. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution within the vicinity of the on water operation. 

11 June 2020

The contract for the detailed design stage of the St Kilda Pier Redevelopment was announced this week with Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, AW Maritime and Site Office Landscape Architects selected as the successful design partners. Work will now commence to undertake the detailed design to inform the construction process on architectural, engineering, planning, heritage and environmental services.


St Kilda Pier Redevelopment Community Update - May 2020

Project duration and key dates

2020  Detailed design  
Mid 2021 Construction commences
Late 2023 Completion of the new pier
Start 2024 - Mid 2024 Deconstruction of the existing pier will commence following completion of the new pier

Consultation outcomes

The pier is a much-loved symbol of St Kilda, with a curved design selected after an extensive community consultation process. The Engagement Summary Report provides an overview of the values, ideas and aspirations provided by community members and stakeholders during the engagement period in 2017. This feedback has been taken into consideration and used to inform the design and desired characteristics, facilities and services for the new pier.  


St Kilda Pier break wall is home to a colony of nearly 1,300 Little Penguins. A new visitor viewing platform will be constructed that will ensure that penguin viewing is better regulated and penguins will be better protected. This will allow the penguins to move freely without the intrusions of humans. 

Parks Victoria partners with Earthcare to monitor and care for the penguin colony. This will continue during construction, and we are adopting a no compromise attitude to penguin safety. A Penguin Management Plan will be developed and enforced to protect the safety of the penguins. 


The current pier will remain open during construction of the new pier so visitors can continue to enjoy the area during this time. The old pier will be dismantled once the new pier is ready for public use.

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Project funding - $50.3 million State Government Funding

Project Partner - Department of Transport

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