Bondi Beach

“A contemporary makeover for an Australian icon”


Waverley Council





Design Partners

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail

Executive Summary

Bondi Beach is an Australian and international icon. Enjoyed by thousands of visitors every day, Fleetwood Urban was hand-chosen by Waverley Council to help deliver a series of 6 striking - and ultimately award-winning - beach shelters enhancing the experiences of visitors, young and old, local and international.


Fleetwood Involvement

Having submitted a successful submission as part of a competitive tender, we worked with the Architect's approved designs and with Waverley Council to transform the designs into an award-winning reality. We began by developing detailed project drawings and working within the already specified material and construction methodology. Once production began, the striking roof frames were pre-assembled at our Sydney facility to minimise public disruptions and ensure a smooth (and safe) install.

More Project Information


Bondi Beach is a universally-loved icon that belongs to the world, Australia, Sydney and the local community. Balancing these identities was central to the design philosophy created by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, to ensure the natural and heritage environments were respected, accessibility was enhanced and the transition was carefully managed for locals and visitors alike. In delivering a contemporary new vision for Bondi, the shelter designs were inspired by the flowing form of waves and clouds, linking the urban bustle of Campbell Parade to the movement of the Pacific Ocean.


Construction of these iconic and deceptively complex beach shelters provided several challenges. One was purely the logistics of working at one of Sydney’s busiest public locations, filled with curious tourists and locals on a daily basis, from early in the morning to late at night. The high profile nature of the project also demanded the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship, coupled with a finish that offered excellent durability and corrosion resistance given its exposed seaside location.


Due to the high spec nature of the stainless steel, hardwood and copper specified for the shelters, specialist manufacturing techniques were adopted requiring the highest level of care and attention to detail.


  • Bead blasted stainless steel framing
  • Hardwood timber soffits
  • Copper fascias and trims
  • Precast concrete knee-walls
  • Picnic seating

  • Stainless steel
  • Copper
  • Unseasoned hardwood
  • Plywood
  • Precast concrete

Attracting thousands of visitors every day, it was essential construction took place in a safe and timely manner. Beyond the safety of the site itself during construction, all workmanship and materials had to be of the highest calibre to maximise finish quality and prevent future risks to visitors.


Thoughtful consideration was given to both the design and construction of the shelters, allowing them to exist seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment. The roof structures, for example, follow the fall of the land, dipping to shelter the seaward side and lifting for winter solar access to the north-west. The rooflines were also designed to minimise view interruptions to the ocean, while newly-regenerated landscaping provides natural wind protection to each shelter.


Loved by beachgoers of all ages and nationalities, the functional use of the shelters was instantly apparent. Morning, afternoon and night, they provide a relaxing haven from the Bondi bustle, where visitors can come together 365 days a year.


Through the creation of these stylish, functional beach havens, visitors are now able to enjoy a more comfortable Bondi Beach experience than ever before.


Award Name Location Year
NSW Architect (Small Project) Award Bondi Beach Shelter 2017