Bondi Pavilion Restoration & Conservation Project

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About the project
Key Details
  • Summary

    HERITAGE 21 worked closely with Waverley Council in the development of a masterplan for this iconic 1920s building at the epicentre of the nationally listed heritage beach.

    Heritage 21 carried out a detailed fabric analysis of the entire complex and all its components. Heritage 21 produced a conservation management plan for the building and surrounds. Over the years, Heritage 21 was retained as a consultant to the Council for all necessary heritage design advice in relation to the theatre, bar, gallery, shops, public toilets, restaurant, and forecourt.

  • What was done

    In relation to the masterplan for the site, Heritage 21 participated in all necessary decisions relating to repairs and conservation works at the Pavilion.

  • Time frame

    6 years

Services provided
  • Heritage design advice
  • Heritage construction advice
  • Assessment of the condition of the building assets
  • Schedule of proposed conservation and maintenance works
  • 10 - year maintenance program
  • Statements of heritage impact
Why was the work undertaken?

At the time Heritage 21 was involved in the project check year the Council was not certain whether it wanted to turn Bondi Pavilion into a globally significant heritage icon or to retain it for local community use mainly. Heritage 21 participated in the process of the retention of local community uses while the Council debated the merits or otherwise of converting it into a global icon- tourist attraction. In the meantime, a swathe of repairs and conservation works was taken out across the length and breadth of the site.

Who was the work completed for?

Waverley Council


Although the work is not noticeable now, many components of the Pavilion were repaired while new restaurants and outlets were introduced as well as upgrading the theatre to meet BCA compliance and developing maintenance strategies for the complex in perpetuity.

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What our clients
& partners say:

“We would also like to take a quick moment to thank you all for your contribution to the project and we will update you on any developments as necessary”

Jose Serrao
Registered Architect

“Dear Heritage 21 team, I am please to advise that all the work prepared by your team has satisfied council’s contentions. We definitely know who to come to next time for heritage matters. ”

Andres Caceres
Level 33

“Thank you for all your work preparing this Statement of Heritage. I sat down yesterday and had a good read cover to cover, and felt very appreciative of your level of research and detailed consideration of our requirements.”

Varuna', Katoomba

“Just wanted to let you know, Council agreed with us in our application to reinstate the front facade! I am so excited. I wanted to thank you for all your help in getting this across the line. ”

Jane Frawley

“It has been a pleasure to work with you and your team as well!”

Holding Redlich

“Dear Heritage 21 team - This is an excellent result, thank you for all your work.”

Sevda Cemil

“Sites with heritage values present great opportunities, however often can be easily derailed if clear, concise and timely advice is not provide at the earliest stages of site planning. I have worked with Heritage 21 over numerous projects across Sydney and have found them to be valuable project partners in the development process. ”

Vince Hardy
Urban Planning Consultant, Cityscapeplanning+projects


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