Coogee Surf Life Saving Club Refurbishment

A partnership between Randwick Council and Coogee SLSC

Artists impression of Coogee Surf Life Club upgrade

The Coogee Surf Club is a much-loved, iconic building in Coogee. From the time when it was an old wooden building on the rocks, to the building we all know today, the club has remained a staple in the community. Council is currently partnering with the Club to upgrade the existing facilities, with works underway to overhaul the building façade, provide new accessible facilities, and reconfigure the interior to create a quality venue community events and Club activities.


While Council first became involved with this project in early 2019, the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club had been working for a lot longer to get it underway. The Club had engaged a consultant team to design the substantial refurbishments, and had successfully obtained Development Consent in March 2017. The proposal was publicly exhibited as part the development application assessment.

The Club approached Randwick City Council with the approved Development Consent and with substantial NSW Government funding secured towards the project – a grant to the value of $2,580,000 from the NSW Office of Local Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, as well as an additional $300,000 through NSW Department of Industry Office of Responsible Gambling.

It was agreed in March 2019 (Ordinary Council meeting 26 March 2019: CS7/19) that Council provide project management services to deliver the project through to completion, as well as provide $720,000 in financial assistance towards the cost of the project. The building is a Council asset, and had already been slated for future renewal under the Our Community Our Future program.

The Club’s setting, though spectacular, does make it very vulnerable to storm damage and general deterioration – as evidenced by the massive damage suffered in 2016 when waves crashed through its lower level walls. As more about the site and its detailed engineering requirements became known, additional funding was allocated towards the project, bringing Council’s total contribution to $1,520,000 (Ordinary Council meeting 24 March 2020: CS11/20).

Although part of our local landscape for a long time, the building is not heritage listed, and over time has undergone numerous changes to its fabric. These latest changes will help protect the building into the future, provide better support for the Club’s activities, make the venue accessible to all, and provide a quality events venue for the wider community.

Extent of refurbishment

Refurbishment works to the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, located at 135-143R Beach Street, Coogee will include:

  • Upgrade the building entry, including new lift access;
  • Reconfigure the interior of the upper floor to create a flexible events and venue space for community events and functions, and for the Club’s activities;
  • New windows to the north (with the much-loved clock still retained);
  • New windows and balcony to the eastern upper floor; and
  • Accessibility improvements throughout the refurbished upper floor.
  • A new protective sea wall is also proposed.

Work schedule & timeline

In order to minimise the impact on the Club’s training and service activities that take place each summer, the works have been scheduled to take advantage of the cooler winter months.

Site establishment commenced 6 April 2020 with the project expecting to finish by November 2020, weather permitting.

  • CSLSC receives development approval – March 2017
  • Council agrees to partner in project delivery, and provide additional funding – March 2019
  • Further funding allocated – March 2020
  • Works commence on site – April 2020
  • Works completion – Anticipated late 2020

Over the course of the project, the following will take place:

  • Site establishment
  • Internal strip out
  • External demolition works, where needed
  • Internal & external facade upgrade
  • Installation of internal lift
  • Installation/upgrade of building services, including electrical, hydraulic and mechanical
  • New western concrete roof awning
  • Eastern deck and balustrade install
  • Internal fit-out of the building
  • Reinforcement and build of proposed new sea wall

Please note:
Standard working hours for this project are 7am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 8am-5pm Saturday. No works will occur on Sunday and public holidays unless otherwise advised by Council. Noise intrusive works such as excavation of rock, use of jack hammers, pile-drivers or the like are permitted between 8am-5pm Monday to Friday. These activities will not occur on weekends or public holidays unless otherwise advised by Council.

There are currently no night works scheduled for the duration of the project, however we will notify the community in advance should works outside of normal working hours take place.

We will endeavour to keep all roads open at all times. However, traffic control will be implemented at stages of the project for the deliveries of materials, plant and equipment and for certain construction related activities.

Throughout the course of the works, noise, erosion and dust controls will be used to mitigate any adverse impacts on the surrounding community.

Artist's impression of completed interior function room

More information:

Stephen Leung
Project Manager
Infrastructure Services
Randwick City Council
(02) 9093 6729

Contractor: Xenia Construction

Architect: Allen Jack + Cottier

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