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Shipping control tower with Bolte Bridge in the background

The Docklands historic Shipping Control Tower on North Wharf is set to undergo maintenance works to ensure the structure can stand tall for years to come.

Works will include re-rendering of the external control tower, concrete repairs and replacement of external windows as well as improvements to electrical safety and lighting.

Development Victoria Group Head Precincts Niall Cunningham said the essential repair works to this historical gem will ensure the tower continues to have its place in Docklands for many more years.

As one of the largest urban renewal projects under construction in Australia it's great we can preserve and celebrate some of Docklands rich maritime heritage while we continue to transform the precinct for a prosperous future.

The current tower was built in 1966 to coordinate shipping, towage pilots and emergency services in the busy port and was decommissioned in 1994 when the port facilities at Docklands were relocated further west to the Port of Melbourne.

Designed by architect C J Smith, the structure once housed a lift, stairs and two decks – one for observation duties containing radar and communication equipment, the other being for amenities for its 24-hour a day operation.

The works are expected to be completed by September 2024.

Docklands comprises of a number of precincts, each with a diverse variety of residential, commercial, retail and leisure spaces and developed under the guidance of Development Victoria.

With around two thirds complete, Docklands is a mix of homes, corporate headquarters, hotels, entertainment venues and cleverly designed parks.

Updated on 17 June 2024