On its 113th birthday on 13 December 2020, Coogee Surf Life Saving Club celebrated the official opening of its new clubhouse after undergoing the largest renovation in the club’s history.
The new Coogee Surf Life Saving Club was officially opened by Todd Mison, President of Coogee SLSC and Randwick Mayor, Councillor Danny Said – with an audience of Coogee Nippers and a team of young Coogee surf lifesavers.
With one of the largest club memberships in Australia, Coogee SLSC has had an increasing need for expanded club facilities for education and training for some time. The opening of the new facility was welcomed by the club’s members and the new renovations will meet the club’s needs for many years to come.
Designed by Architects, Allen Jack and Cottier, project managed by Randwick City Council and built by Xenia Constructions, the new renovations were five years in the making. Construction was supported by funds from the NSW Government and Randwick City Council.
The new renovations include:
- Upgraded building entry, including new disabled lift access
- Reconfigured upper floor to create a flexible events and venue space for community events, functions and for the club’s activities
- Four separate training spaces that can be utilised at the same time - increasing educational and community opportunities
- New windows to the north (with the much-loved clock still retained)
- New windows and extended balcony to the eastern upper floor
- Accessibility improvements throughout the refurbished upper floor
- A new protective sea wall
- Upgraded works to the downstairs area including change rooms.
Todd Mison President of Coogee SLSC said the Club Management Team was proud to present the new facility to its members and to have a new fit-for-purpose home.
“The quality and functionality of the new design is just fantastic. We are now connected to where we live and where we patrol - on the beach,” Todd Mison said.
“To be able to have this view and level of connection with the entire beach is great. The architects and the builders have done an amazing job,” said Mr Mison.
Coogee SLSC has over 650 patrolling surf lifesavers across 15 patrol teams and trains over 170 new surf lifesavers every season.
President of Surf Life Saving NSW, George Shales OAM, congratulated the Coogee team on the newly renovated club.
“This is a fitting facility for one of the country’s largest surf clubs. It will enhance training capabilities and help establish pathways for Nippers and young lifesavers into the Surf Life Saving movement.” he said.
Monday 14 December 2020