Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation Project

Bondi Pavilion circa 1929.

Bondi Pavilion is a much loved community and cultural centre and iconic heritage building. It needs repairs and renewal. In November 2016, Council voted to progress with Stage 1 of the renovations on the iconic Bondi Pavilion.

Stage 1 will focus on some critical needs of the building in and adjacent to the ground floor northern courtyard. This includes:

  • Building new and larger toilet facilities
  • Environmentally sustainable design measures including improved waste facilities and new solar panels, aiming for a five Greenstar rating
  • A new gallery/exhibition/museum space
  • A larger pottery studio (including kiln)
  • Music studio facilities
  • Landscaped courtyards and newContinue reading

Bondi Pavilion is a much loved community and cultural centre and iconic heritage building. It needs repairs and renewal. In November 2016, Council voted to progress with Stage 1 of the renovations on the iconic Bondi Pavilion.

Stage 1 will focus on some critical needs of the building in and adjacent to the ground floor northern courtyard. This includes:

  • Building new and larger toilet facilities
  • Environmentally sustainable design measures including improved waste facilities and new solar panels, aiming for a five Greenstar rating
  • A new gallery/exhibition/museum space
  • A larger pottery studio (including kiln)
  • Music studio facilities
  • Landscaped courtyards and new outdoor seating
  • Pedestrianised access from Campbell Parade through to the new improved central courtyard area
  • Heritage works including removal of the front façade modern addition ‘glass bubble’ and the concrete amphitheatre, both of which are identified as intrusive in the Bondi Pavilion Conservation Management Plan.

Stage 1 will also include roof replacement and external façade works for the whole building. The roof structure will also be strengthened in order to accommodate new inwards facing solar panels on the roof.

You can view the Stage 1 plan here.

(Stage 1 does NOT include any changes to the use and layout of the first floor, including the existing theatre, nor any changes to the music studios and High Tide Room).

Council agreed to defer any decision on the rest of the project (Stage 2) until after the next Council is elected, which could be late 2017 or March 2018, although this is yet to be confirmed. This includes decisions about use and layout of the upper level, the proposed new theatre, changes to the existing music studios and the High Tide Room. Those future decisions will be informed by the findings of the 2016 community consultations, and new reports that will include a business case, proposed Fair Use Policy, proposed theatre programming framework and a Cultural and Community Impact Assessment.

What happens next?

It is expected that a Development Application for Stage 1 works will be submitted in approximately late March 2017. Plans will then be subject to a statutory exhibition process and members of the public will have a further opportunity to provide comment. Construction of Stage 1 would be expected to take about 12 months, probably commencing in the first quarter of 2018.

Decisions about the first floor and other parts of the project will take place after the next Council elections.

Has the recent community feedback resulted in any changes to the plans?

A significant community consultation period was held in September 2016 and this (along with the previous consultation in early 2016) has resulted in significant changes to the plans by Council.

  • Changes made by Council in November 2016 in response to community feedback include:
  • Dedicated music studio facility will remain at Bondi Pavilion
  • Pottery studio with kiln will remain at Bondi Pavilion
  • A new exhibition/museum space has been included
  • Removal of a previously proposed commercially leased space on the ground floor, on the Campbell Parade side of the northern courtyard
  • Deferral of further decisions and works related to the first floor and theatre.

Stage 1 works will increase the amount of community hireable space, compared to the current setup. Stage 1 works will reduce the overall amount of commercially leased space.

The community feedback received in 2016 will play a strong role in the future Council decisions about Stage 2 of the Bondi Pavilion project, following the next Council elections. This will see further changes to Stage 2 plans.

In addition, the community feedback received in 2016 about our Bondi Pavilion arts, music and theatre programs will also be considered as part of our immediate and longer term planning for arts and culture both in the Pavilion and within Waverley as a whole.

To find out more about the findings of the community consultations, click here.

Thank you

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to share their views with us, whether through surveys, small group discussions, workshops, community meetings or emails. Your feedback has allowed us to amend our plan and will be important for decisions of the future Council.

Note about naming conventions

For convenience, people commonly refer to the northern courtyard and the southern courtyard of Bondi Pavilion rather than the north-eastern and the south-western courtyard. This is in line with how people refer to North Bondi and South Bondi locations and has been adopted as the naming convention in this information. Please see attached diagram for clarification.