Bondi Pavilion Upgrade Works DA AssessmentBondi NSW Australia
The Bondi Pavilion is a Council owned community facility located within the Bondi Beach precinct, a heritage site of national significance. The Pavilion, constructed in 1929, is included on the NSW State Heritage Register. It is utilised by residents and community groups as well as serving as a key tourist destination and visitor information centre.
The proposal to undertake extensive maintenance and upgrade works over three years to the site was lodged in April 2019 by Waverley Council. A previous proposal had been withdrawn by Council due to significant opposition from the local community.
SJB Planning was engaged by Waverley Council to undertake an independent assessment of the development proposal for the restoration and refurbishment of the Bondi Pavilion, including heritage conservation works, improvements to equitable access, quality of spaces and facilities, and ancillary public domain works.
Tasks included the provision of planning advice, undertaking a preliminary assessment of the site and development proposal, and preparation of a comprehensive assessment report and draft conditions for consideration by the Sydney South Planning Panel.
Challenges of this project included the unique heritage considerations of the site, the multiple and varied uses of the site for both community and retail tenants, the location of the site in an iconic tourist destination and the role of the Pavilion as a community facility. After an extensive assessment including review and coordination of internal and external referrals by Council specialists and the Office of Environmental Heritage, SJB Planning was able to produce a comprehensive assessment report that addressed relevant planning issues and planning legislation. The proposed upgrade and works to the Bondi Pavilion were approved by the Sydney South Planning Panel on 19 December 2019.