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    Damian Rogers Architecture imagines surf beach and wave pool for Melbourne CBD

    Nathan Johnson

    Architect Damian Rogers and Engineering firm Arup are leading a proposal to construct a floating beach and wave pool at Dockland's Victoria Harbour in Melbourne.

    The concept includes a man-made sandy beach, filtered salt-water and a 160 metre long, heated wave pool with waves ranging up to 1.5 metres high.

    Although the costs of the project has not been finalised, existing examples of wave pools in Europe suggest the scheme could cost over $8 million.

    The surf beach would also require the tick of approval from the Melbourne City Council and Places Victoria.

    Rogers says that although he is looking at the technologies that allow the wave to be suitable for competitions - not unlike the famous Victorian Bells Beach Classic, at the core of his idea is that the surf park will be a place for the city public to come and experience the beach.

    “The whole idea began with being able to surf in an inner city location,” explained Rogers in a YouTube video.

    “Obviously Melbourne has a lot of water surrounding it, you’ve got the bay and now the docklands, but for us it’s just that opportunity to be able to finish work and come down here with your surfboard and have a surf.”

    Rogers calls it an opportunity for Melbourne to embrace the water and to add a new type of public space to its stock.

    “I think it’s a unique opportunity for Melbourne to embrace water,” said Rogers.

    “Melbourne has great parks, but we think it’s a great opportunity to jump in the water so to speak.”

    “We also want to embrace how people will be looking at it from above, not just at the wave but at the park using the roof as a garden, and giving that back to the people of Melbourne as a public space,” he concluded.

    In a statement released about the proposal, The City of Melbourne commented that it “has not committed any support for this project and has only been approached informally to be advised of this private sector initiative."

    "Our feedback to Arup was that it was an interesting concept, if private funding were available for the infrastructure."

    Rogers and Arup are requesting feedback from the public and you can have your say here:

    Artist's impression of the proposed Melbourne surf beach

    Courtesy ABC News

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