Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club

PDS Group

$4 Million

Time Frame
October 2012 – December 2012

The Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club (FSLSC) Project has seen the redevelopment of the existing surf club site, with demolition of the existing club house and adjacent public toilets and construction of the new Surf Life Saving Club.

The FSLSC Redevelopment Project was a non-profit, community project that has provided the Club with a new 1200m2 surf club across two levels. The ground floor incorporates a dedicated reception area, main club room with commercial kitchen and bar facilities and training areas, while at basement level there are first aid facilities, change rooms, public toilets, and access to the patrol tower, together with ample storage space.

The main challenges on this Project included access to the site with the northern boundary restricted by the Great Ocean road, while the southern edge of the new Surf Club is within metres of a heavily eroded sand dune.  Due to the current state of erosion the structure of the new building incorporated bored piers that have been designed to ensure the structure will remain standing in the event of extreme erosion in the future due to King tides and severe weather events. The second challenge was asbestos removal, as during demolition works it was discovered that both the building and the site was riddled with asbestos, resulting in significant removal and remediation works.

The Fairhaven SLSC incorporates the use of concrete, steel, blockwork and timber in its structure, while the external envelope is clad in a combination of sand stone, ship lap timber, cement render, metal wall cladding and glass, with the south elevation of the club room entirely glazed to take full advantage of the coastal views, while being wrapped in a timber deck with glazed panel balustrading.