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he Esplanade and lookout anchor the
west end of Geraldton’s Foreshore,
ideally located on the Eastern
Breakwater of the city’s bustling port.
Crothers Construction, in conjunction with
architects Blackwell & Associates, was contracted
by the City of Greater Geraldton to engineer and
construct this urban masterpiece. The development
was named The Esplanade after the historic
Esplanade Jetty, which stood on the site from 1858
to 1944, servicing ships to and from Geraldton.
At the northern end of the newly constructed
Esplanade is the nautical-themed feature steel
shade and viewing platform, which offers
panoramic views of the city.
The steel structure, with its inclined columns
and circular layout set on its 20m-deep piled
foundation, was a technically demanding element
of the project both to fabricate and erect. The
narrow site’s restricted access also presented
logistical challenges, which the building team
had to overcome throughout the construction
process. At the southern end of The Esplanade is
a picnic and barbecue area with shaded picnic
tables and grassed area.
The project was very well received by the
Geraldton public when it opened on its expected
completion date, and was declared “a great civic
development for the people of Geraldton and
the people who visit the city” by the Premier of
Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett.
The Esplanade has become an iconic landmark
for Geraldton, and a popular spot for tourists.
This iconic site has been cleverly transformed into a popular
tourist destination and proud landmark for Geraldton.
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