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Bondi Pavilion Redevelopment Takes Next Step

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New plans to revamp the Bondi Pavilion have been lodged as part of a $70 million plan to renew the iconic beach and area.

Waverley Council has submitted a development application for the $26.7 million restoration of Bondi Pavilion, with the goal of restoring rather than redeveloping the heritage-listed building.

The revised plans come after the former council’s $38 million redevelopment plan, which were dumped in a response to community pushback over the commercialisation of the venue.

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Council’s plans for a $26.7m restoration. Plans for the Pavilion’s refurbishment have been controversial. The former Liberal-led council’s $38m plan saw fierce community opposition.
Council’s plans for a $26.7m restoration. Plans for the Pavilion’s refurbishment have been controversial. The former Liberal-led council’s $38m plan saw fierce community opposition.


The pavilion restoration, designed by TZG, has been marked as a key priority project in Bondi, with works due to start in mid-2020 subject to development approvals.

Originally built in 1928, the Pavilion was once known as the “Playground of the Pacific”.

Architectural firm Robertson and Marks claimed the winning bid after a design competition for the Pavilion was held which received tenders from around the world.

While the design was said to have changed in the years that followed, it included changing areas, Turkish baths, hot sea water baths, shops, a gym and a ballroom. It was constructed in a mixture of Georgian revival and Mediterranean styles, with its colonnade façades considered “exotic”.

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Early image of Bondi Pavilion. Below: Council workers building the Pavilion in 1928.
Early image of Bondi Pavilion. Below: Council workers building the Pavilion in 1928. Waverley council


Waverley mayor John Wakefield said the current designs are guided by the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan along with feedback from the community.

“The community told us they wanted council to retain, restore and conserve the heritage of the building and improve its functionality,” Wakefield said.

“Architects TZG have worked hard to weave the Pavilion’s history into any new aspects of the design, including the colonnades on the internal courtyards, the ground treatment in the courtyards and by making the atrium space a focal point for users.”

A masterplan for Williams Park and Hugh Bamford Reserve at North Bondi is also under way.

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Plans for the Bondi Pavilion restoration.
Plans for the Bondi Pavilion restoration.

Pavilion Restoration features include:

Removing the modern addition of the glass bubble to restore the original symmetry of the building

Additional amenities on the Northern Courtyard, accessible from the internal courtyard and the walkway between the Pavilion and the Surf Lifesaving Club

Replacing the roof tiles with similar to the original terracotta tiles

A tourism office

A Bondi Story Room, a flexible cultural space for exhibitions etc.

Commercial space, with the capacity for larger tenancies along the front of the Pavilion

Upgraded community facilities.


The Pavilion restoration is part of the wider plans dubbed Bondi Blueprint, set to upgrade the area.
The Pavilion restoration is part of the wider plans dubbed Bondi Blueprint, set to upgrade the area.


Up to $70 million has been committed to a number of projects already under way in and around Bondi Beach as part of the Bondi Blueprint.

The projects include additional amenities such as showers and public toilets at South Bondi, upgrades to Notts Avenue to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, upgrading the streetscape at Campbell Parade, and the North Bondi Civil infrastructure renewal project, which will replace seawalls, ramp access and the stormwater culvert underneath the promenade between Ramsgate Avenue and the ocean at North Bondi.

The pavilion's development application is open for public and stakeholder input.

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Waverley Council's latest Bondi Pavilion proposal aims to keep the existing building 'intact'.
Waverley Council's latest Bondi Pavilion proposal aims to keep the existing building 'intact'.
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