Call for new Manly Life Saving Club design

June 22, 2021
Grant Jones
Visitors use the Manly Life Saving Clubhouse as a grandstand to watch a surf carnival soon after it was built in 1982.

Northern Beaches Council has called for expressions of interest for the design of the revamped Manly Life Saving Club building and surrounding community facilities.  

The construction of a new building and public amenities, with a budget of $15 million, will accommodate one of the oldest surf clubs in Australia. Manly Life Saving Club was established in 1903 with the current building constructed in 1982. It has about 1,880 members with the beach welcoming almost 2 million visitors a year pre-COVID-19.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan, who is also Manly Life Saving Club Patron, said people love the world-famous beach for its surf, sand, Norfolk pine trees, promenade, shops, cafés and restaurants.

“Manly Beach is the biggest, most popular beach on the Northern Beaches in terms of swimmers, surf rescues, first aid events and incident prevention,” he said.  

“It’s vital then that the people entrusted with keeping beach-goers safe should have the best facilities and support to let them do their job.  

“The 40-year-old clubhouse has done an amazing job, but now it is struggling to cope with the growing demand from more beach users.  

“Since the clubhouse rebuild was first mooted in 2018, the project has been subject to a robust community consultation process with a dedicated working group, leading to a business case being approved by Council in June 2020.” 

The EOI calls for suitably-experienced and qualified design consultants to help Council determine the location and scale of the new Manly Life Saving Club building and facilities.

The successful company will then liaise with the community and develop the design to the appropriate requirements.

The EOI is available at Northern Beaches Councils E-Tendering portal and closes 6 July, 2021.

Northern Beaches Mayor and Manly Life Saving Club Patron Michael Regan.


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