Urban Initiatives was engaged by the City of Port Phillip for the design development of the ‘Missing Link’ in St Kilda’s Foreshore public realm, between Donovan’s Restaurant and the Marina Skate Park.

Asked to provide a ‘gateway to the foreshore’, Urban Initiatives has worked collaboratively with Council’s landscape architects to develop a design that incorporates lessons from previous foreshore work, increases passive recreation opportunities, integrates the needs of pedestrians and cyclists, improves views and connectivity, provides robust green spaces with adequate shade, and integrates the link with distinctive conditions at both ends.

Integration of Hostile Vehicle Management (HVM) strategies has been critical to the project. Using a holistic approach that delves beyond simplistic single-purpose barriers, Urban Initiatives has sought to draw on the site’s existing conditions, materiality and context to develop integrated, engineered furniture, sculptural elements and planting to create a place that is ‘safe by design’.

The resulting design enhances amenity, provides respite for visitors, minimises public safety risks without compromising site character, reduces maintenance requirements, and breathes new life into a dated space, transforming it from its existing municipal character to a destination of metropolitan significance.

Still to be Constructed.

  • Location

    St Kilda, Victoria

  • Role

    Lead Consultant

  • Client

    City of Port Phillip

  • Construction Budget


  • Traditional Owners

    Bunurong People

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