Westbeach Bathers Pavilion

Project: Conversion of a historic bathing pavilion into restaurant, café and retail shop. The heritage protected building and sea wall were restored to conform to strict heritage requirements.
Completed: 2011

This heritage protected building had lain abandoned and derelict for over 30 years when May Constructions was engaged to breathe new life into it. We worked closely with the local Council, who own the building, the lessee/developer, architect and heritage consultants to restore the original building and extend on three sides to provide a large restaurant with extensive outdoor seating, a retail space and separate café. Period features, colours, fixtures and fittings were meticulously incorporated while providing modern functioning facilities. The beach location presented its own challenges in terms of access and security as well as exposure to the elements. Restoration of the historic sea wall was an integral component of the project and required the design and construction on site of bespoke formwork, erection and finishing details. The entire project was an outstanding success and stands as a statement to the modern interpretation and reuse of a heritage building on the St Kilda beachfront.