Bass Coast Shire has appointed TS Constructions Pty Ltd to carry out building renewal works at the Cowes Rotunda located within the Cowes Jetty Triangle off The Esplanade in Cowes. Map of site below.

This project is a part of the 2021/22 Capital Works Building Renewal Program and is fully funded by Council in the order of $600,000. This project is well underway and is anticipated to be completed in September 2022, subject to contractor and supplier availability, weather permitting and any COVID-19 impacts.


13 July 2022

The renewal works are progressing well.

  • the windows have been installed,
  • the staircase has been installed,
  • external painting is underway,
  • roof sealing is underway,
  • plastering works are underway,
  • electrical, mechanical and plumbing rough in has been completed.

Expected completion is September 2022.

Preservation and continued functionality of an iconic heritage listed building within Bass Coast which will serve the community and visitors. The building connects with the history of Cowes foreshore area and was one of the first structures to be built circa 1936.

It will not only serve as a functional building it will also provide education to users and visitors.

This project is a part of the 2021/22 Capital Works Building Renewal Program and is fully funded by Council in the order of $600,000.

The Rotunda works will include:

  • Certifications and approvals including building permits from relevant authorities and payment of all associated fees and charges
  • Remove and replace timber windows to compliant aluminium windows.
  • Remove existing entry door and include a wider front door (double glazing).
  • Adding a kitchenette (upstairs).
  • Including a toilet in the building.
  • Remove, repair, and replace existing roof & structural cracks.
  • Remove and replace existing staircase to a complaint new staircase
  • Remove and replace existing floor joist as per drawings and technical specification
  • Interior and exterior painting (walls, ceilings, doors, eaves, skirting)
  • Electrical/hydraulic/mechanical/ engineering services as per drawings and technical specification
  • Energy efficient lighting systems throughout
  • It is expected that there will be sections of the pathway impeded during material delivery and removal.
  • Removal of asbestos in compliance with all applicable codes and regulations.
  • Temporary accommodation will be arranged for the tenant for the duration of construction works. This will be located within the Jetty Triangle area. Council officers and the contractor will continue to work closely with tenant throughout the project.
  • Temporary power is supplied for irrigation controller and some anticipated events.
  • Appropriate traffic and pedestrian control measures will be implemented onsite during these works.

Cowes Rotunda Historical Image

The Rotunda circa 1950, showing the open first floor bandstand. Also note the figurehead from SS Speke mounted on the Rotunda wall in 1941 as a memorial to the two sailors lost when the SS Speke was wrecked at Kitty Miller Bay on 22 February 1906.

Progress Photos - 13 September 2022

Progress Photos - 19 July 2022

Progress Photos - 30 June 2022