Following the loss of the old clubrooms due to damage in the Christchurch earthquakes, the Club has been operating out of temporary portacoms on the beach since 2016.
Needing new facilities, a decision was made to rebuild on the existing site – a site occupied for the past 103 years and the site in the bay that best meets the operational needs of the Club.
An important design decision made early on was to split the building into two, with the gear shed tucked into the edge of the existing sand dunes behind the pavilion building. In doing this, the bulk of the building is reduced, allowing for a smaller, more attractive, single level building to occupy the site behind the existing concrete apron.
In 2018 following further development of the design, resource consents from both the Christchurch City Council and ECAN were obtained for the proposed new buildings. The Club has a lease for the site from the Council.
Construction documentation has been completed and the project has been lodged for consent. A building contractor (Miles Construction) has been appointed and completion is planned for late 2020.
The Club is looking forward to having new clubrooms that are integrated into the beach environment. The new facilities will also provide fit-for-purpose facilities that meet the needs of the Lifeguarding Service and the needs of the wider community.
Find out how you can donate now to the Club rebuild here