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Final design for new-look St Kilda Beach viewing platform wins approval

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An artist impression of the what the new `Circle of Reflection' viewing platform will look like as part of the upgraded Shakespeare Grove main drain outlet at St Kilda Beach.

The creation of a stunning new 360 degree viewing platform for the iconic St Kilda beach is a step closer to reality, with Melbourne Water signing off on the final design for the project. 

Called the `Circle of Reflection’, the structure will extend 60 metres out into Port Phillip Bay and will complement the area’s existing architectural landscape.

The viewing platform is an attractive addition to the replacement of the 70-year-old Shakespeare Grove main drain outlet, which has reached the end of its service life.

Melbourne Water’s General Manager Major Program Delivery Eamonn Kelly said the new viewing deck will be a draw card for locals and visitors.

“We’ve worked with key stakeholders and the community over the past year to develop a design that everyone can access and enjoy while importantly fitting in with the character of the St Kilda foreshore.

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The circular shaped viewing platform will be a friendly and inviting space. It will have seating so people can stay and experience the panoramic views of the surrounding Port Phillip Bay and foreshore.

“It’s an ideal position to enjoy watching the sunrise and sunset. We believe that it has the potential to become a landmark location for St Kilda and a tourist attraction,” Mr Kelly said.

The design was developed by global firms Stantec-Arup along with Melbourne-based Human Habitats.

Mr Kelly said the structure is being replaced, not only to make it safe for the public, but to ensure the main drain outlet continues to reduce the risk of flooding to the surrounding suburbs for years to come.

Melbourne Water is undertaking a tender process for the detailed design and construction of the project.

Works are planned to start early next year.