Path set for Princes Pier refurbishment
Minister for Major Projects, Theo Theophanous, today announced a contract had been awarded to Fitzgerald Constructions Australia Pty Ltd to demolish the Princes Pier in the next stage of the pier’s redevelopment.
Mr Theophanous said the demolition would pave the way to restore the pier and return it to public use.
“Princes Pier is one of Melbourne’s most important waterfront locations and Government has been working hard to move the project along to bring the Pier back to the community,” Mr Theophanous said.
“The demolition is the first step of the revitalization works and will salvage elements of the pier that are of significant heritage value and remove sections of the pier that are unsafe and can no longer be used.
“This will enable the completion of the design for the construction of a new pier deck.”
The $14 million revitalization of Princes Pier includes the first 196 metres between the Gatehouse and the foreshore being fully restored. Beyond that the decking will be removed, with the original pylons preserved as a heritage and sculptural centrepiece.
Once the design is approved, a contract for the construction of the new deck will then be negotiated.
“The demolition and construction of the new northern deck is on track to be completed on time in 2009,” he said.