Competition to reimagine Victoria’s Surf Coast foreshore

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The existing Point Grey foreshore with the Lorne Pier in the foreground.

The existing Point Grey foreshore with the Lorne Pier in the foreground. Image: Courtesy City Lab

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is seeking expressions of interest from multidisciplinary teams to reimagine the foreshore precinct at Point Grey on Victoria’s Surf Coast.

The site comprises approximately 1.7 hectares of land between Great Ocean Road and the beach. It includes the existing Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club (LAAC), the Lorne Pier, the former fishing co-op building (currently home to a cafe and restaurant), a public toilet and car parking.

GORCC is seeking creative ideas and design propositions that will transform the foreshore into a vibrant place that will “make Point Grey a destination to stop, spend and stay,” said Richard Davies, CEO of GORCC. 

The competition is asking participants to “rethink Point Grey’s public open spaces and its relationship to buildings, the pier, foreshore, town and hinterland.”

The redevelopment project will replace the existing LAAC and fishing co-op buildings with new facilities and car parking will be reduced and moved further from the shoreline.

The competition follows a precinct masterplan for the area undertaken by GORCC and prepared by Tract Consulants, which was endorsed by GORCC 2015. Groups making submissions are asked to “carefully consider the details” of the masterplan, and to provide a “compelling logic” for any deviations to the plan proposed in a submission.

Expressions of interest are open until 21 December. Participants are required to submit their qualifications, background, experience and a “task appreciation and methodology statement.”

Expressions of interest will be judged by a panel comprising Mauro Barraco (Baracco and Wright), Kristin Green (Kristin Green Architecture) Bronwen Hamilton (OVGA), John Wardle (John Wardle Architects) and Richard Davies (GORCC).

Up to four teams will then be invited to participate in a single-stage design competition, which will take place from 5 February to 12 March 2018. The winner, to announced on April 2018, will be engaged to deliver design services.

To submit and access the competition documents, click here.

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