The South City Beach Kiosk, the Kiosk, constructed in 1970, comprises of concrete formwork construction. In 2018, it was listed as a Category 2 building in the Local Government Heritage inventory list.
The toilets and change rooms were closed in 2015 due to concerns about the integrity of the concrete structure. Since then, spalling of the concrete has continued to worsen, particularly on the soffit of the roof. The spalling has been caused by corrosion of the steel reinforcement within the concrete, caused by the aggressive nature of the coastal environment.
A structural condition assessment of the building was undertaken by Alliance Engineering Consultants (AEC) in June 2019, which identified that there were significant remedial works required to repair the concrete structure of the building. In summary the report found that:
I. The area with significant structural damage is the slab soffit which is exposed to the environment;
II. The survey highlighted that concrete degradation due to corrosion of the reinforcement steel has taken place.
III. The corrosion of the bars is very advanced and it is unlikely that all the reinforcement bars affected by corrosion can be treated.
Works commenced on site in late 2020. All degraded concrete has been removed. Treatment of the exposed reinforcement is finished. All reinforcing repairs and epoxy patching is now complete. The Building is painted, improved security measures were installed and hand over will be carried out in May 2021.
Future concept plans for the Kiosk was presented to the Community and Resources Committee on 17 May 2021 which included concept design options for the Kiosk. The proposed South City Beach Kiosk redevelopment options will be presented to the Town’s Design Review Panel (DRP) in July 2021. The DRP will provide independent advice on the options and will include an assessment from a Heritage Architect. Following receipt of the comments, the Town will submit a further report to Council with a recommendation on the next steps for the project.
If Council decides to progress with the project, a rigorous consultation process will be implemented to ensure the community is provided the opportunity to comment.