After years of delays the club has finally reached a position where it can call for tenders for the much anticipated $3m to $3.5m project.
The submission brief, released in recent days, calls for a “multi-disciplinary design team” to deliver a facility that meets both club and community requirements.
“At this stage it is anticipated that the current buildings have limited future value and will therefore be demolished to make way for a new building(s),” the document states.
The successful design must provide flexibility to adapt to the future requirements of lifesaving and patrol activities and social functions, provide a “welcoming and attractive environment to enhance the sense of club community” and “contribute positively to the Point Lonsdale community and coastal environment.”
It must also incorporate sustainable design principles and deliver a practical, enduring building that will minimise life-cycle costs.
The existing club house occupies two parcels of land – one (approximately 880m2) is owned by the club. The Borough of Queenscliffe recently handed over its title to the second lot (approximately 600m2) for a nominal fee of one dollar.