Glenelg Jetty

Woods Bagot’s design of the Glenelg Jetty





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.

Glenelg Jetty
Aerial View

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.

Glenelg Jetty
Image © Woods Bagot

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 Director Thomas Masullo explained Glenelg has always been an important place in the lives of South Australians and the design celebrates the jetty in its heyday.

Glenelg Jetty
Image © Woods Bagot

“Woods Bagot had a bold new vision for Glenelg that builds on the ideas of the past, as well as creating a new future,” he said. “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.

Glenelg Jetty
Hotel Room

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 said. The project still requires funding from both state and federal levels and the private sector, with City of Holdfast Bay working with key stakeholders to explore how to drive the project forward to benefit all South Australians. Source by Woods Bagot.

Glenelg Jetty
Marine Research
  • Location: Glenelg, Adelaide, Australia
  • Architects: Woods Bagot
  • Project Team: Alex Hall, Thomas Masullo, Waleed Moughraby, Gavin Kain
  • Collaborators: Project management – Mott Mcdonald
  • Client: City of Holdfast
  • Approximate value: AUD 250 million (2015)
  • Year: 2016
  • Images: Courtesy of Woods Bagot and City of Holdfast Bay

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