The Princes Pier restoration in Port Melbourne reactivated a previously redundant piece of state infrastructure into a modern, serviced and flexible public space.
The Victorian Government recognised Princes Pier as an important part of Victoria’s maritime history and committed $34 million to its restoration, securing the future of this historic landmark.
The redevelopment included:
- removal of the existing deck structure
- reconstruction of 196 metres of the pier, including repair of the defective timber piles to support a new concrete deck
- refurbishment of the gatehouse
- creation of a forest of piles at the seaward end of the pier as a heritage and sculptural centrepiece.
The redevelopment of Princes Pier is part of the broader plan to bring the entire foreshore precinct in Port Melbourne back to life and is the final stage of the Beacon Cove revitalisation.
Princes Pier is included in the Victorian Heritage Register as a site of historical and architectural significance to Victoria.
In late 2013, the Victorian Government undertook an Expression of Interest (EOI) to identify innovative opportunities for the future use of historic Princes Pier.