A section of Rye Pier, on Bunurong Sea Country, is being rebuilt as part of the Victorian Government’s construction blitz. This is set to create new jobs across Victoria and ensure the pier can remain open and safe for visitors to enjoy. It includes the reconstruction of a 270-metre section of the pier inner approach walkway (between the foreshore almost to the low landing), and the widening of the deck to 4.2 metres (1.2 metres wider than the current pier). It will provide safer separation for pedestrians and vehicles and accommodate increasing visitation. A 600-millimetre lift in pier height at the rebuilt section will cater for future sea level rise. Using all timber materials, nearly 200 new piles and all new beams, crossheads, capping, and decking will be installed to renew the structure while retaining its traditional character.
Other improvements will include construction of a ramp at the start and end of the pier, before the low landing. This connection between the varying levels will ensure continued all-abilities access. More energy efficient solar public lighting and steel handrails on both sides of the pier approach will provide improved safety. Priority upgrades to this section of pier will ensure access is maintained to the areas that will have the greatest benefit to the wider community for many years to come. Parks Victoria will continue to monitor the pier head condition to ensure community safety while future planning is undertaken.
MBB were engaged in 2021 as the Project Superintendent. In general, MBBs role is to administer the contract to ensure performance under the contractual obligations. Our role includes reviewing and approving project programs, directing the contractor on behalf of the Parks Victoria, issuing correspondence, giving work directions and instructing the contractor to vary the works and program as appropriate.
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