The Glenelg jetty is expected to become an iconic tourist destination and a revitalised gateway for South Australia. Born out of a study to help revitalise Glenelg and the City of Holdfast, the redeveloped jetty captures the imagination and is the result of an innovative collaboration by global architecture practice Woods Bagot, multidisciplinary consultancy Mott MacDonald and the City of Holdfast Bay.
The concept currently proposes a 15m wide by 400m long jetty, creating a new urban form which is expected to attract new visitors, including visiting cruise ship passengers and provide a fantastic opportunity to connect directly to Glenelg and surrounding South Australia.
Additionally the proposal envisages a large public event space at the entry of the jetty and an enclosed pavilion space at the end of the jetty. A boutique hotel, marketed to attract new tourist demographics to Glenelg, a centre for marine excellence and terminals for catamaran ferries, private luxury yachts and sea planes are expected to become further drawcards for attracting tourists and visitors to Glenelg.
"Woods Bagot had a bold new vision for Glenelg that builds on the ideas of the past, as well as creating a new future," commented Thomas Masullo, Woods Bagot Director. "The jetty will provide a renewed focus for Glenelg and the State and more importantly become a strong piece of social infrastructure to connect with the community."
Woods Bagot Design Leader Alex Hall said the proposal represents a catalyst for the revitalisation of Glenelg and confirmation of Glenelg's place as a regional destination. "Despite the inclusion of elements such as the hotel, the full length of the jetty will remain open to the public," he said.
Hall said this has been achieved by elevating the hotel over the jetty which also frames the reinstated sea baths below. "The jetty splits into a lower and upper level conveniently creating continuous shelter along the length of the jetty and enabling better connection to the water for fishing and other activities," he explained.