THE new Brooke Street Pier in Hobart’s Sullivan’s Cove has officially swung open its doors, marking the next chapter for tourism in the city.
The $12 million floating pier is the gateway to the River Derwent for the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and Peppermint Bay ferries and also houses a café, restaurant and around 20 stallholders boasting some of the best Tasmania has to offer from food and beverages to tourist destinations and experiences.
Brooke Street Pier Development Corporation Spokesperson Scott Ashton-Jones said the launch of the facility in January was a momentous occasion for Hobart.
“The opening of the new Brooke Street Pier shows that large, specialised, innovative construction projects can be completed in Hobart,” he said.
“Tasmanians should be very proud of this wonderful new floating building … [the corporation] has worked hard for many years to bring this much needed project to finality.”
Designed by architect Robert Morris-Nunn and built by principal contractor Fairbrother, the three-storey precinct is 80 metres long, 20 metres wide, weighs 3400 tonnes and rises and falls with the tide.
The design also places a key emphasis on sustainability, with energy for heating and cooling coming from the river and natural light filling the space through the building’s translucent cladding.
“Because it floats, the pier will not be affected by sea-level rise. At nighttime, the entire façade and roof glows, providing an ongoing spectacle,” Mr Ashton-Jones said.
About 200 guests attended the official opening of the precinct including Federal Minister Greg Hunt, Premier Will Hodgman, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer, state ministers and members of parliament.
Mr Hodgman said the pier was sustainable yet striking.
“The pier will provide an enhanced experience for those who want to access our magnificent River Derwent,” he said.
Ms Archer said the project, which had been eight years in the making, would be a major tourism drawcard.
“The trade booths will be ideal for tourists who have limited time and want a one-stop-shop for some of Tasmania’s produce, beverages and craft, but they will also provide a good starting point for visitors that want to travel further afield,” she said.
Mr Ashton-Jones said this would also provide leading Tasmanian purveyors of food and design with a platform to showcase their products.
“We are very pleased with the rapid uptake of lease space in the building,” he sad.
“There is some space available to let and we are still taking enquiries.”
The restaurant and café are expected to be open within the next two months.
The retail outlets
Food and beverage establishment:
- The Glass House (owners of Islington Hotel)
- Adrift (Café & Tasmania Products)
- Bright Eyes Espresso Bar (owners of Pilgrim)
- Grandview Cheese
- Valhalla Ice Cream
- McHenry Distillery Shop
- Huon Tasmanian Salmon
- Tassie Prints
- My Tassie Adventure
- Peppermint Bay Cruises
- Moorilla/Moo Brew
- Port Arthur Historic Site
- MONA ROMA fast ferry and bus
- Red Decker – Hobart tours
- Grayline – Day tours
- Stash – Tasmanian products & produce
- Domaine Simha – Wines
- Elliott My Dear – Prints and accessories
- Dick and Dora – Jewellery and homewares
- Hobart & Beyond (Destination Southern Tasmania)