The aim of this project was to provide the Yanchep community with the facilities to cater to the current and future needs of the surf club. In addition to functionality, the YSLSC needed to evoke community pride and encourage community usage.
The built form of the design needed to have a lifespan of 50-years and had to consider the impact of predicted rising sea levels and increased beach erosion. The design also needed to allow for the potential construction of an upper floor.
The concept produced by Lycopodium’s architectural consultants included the following:
- Ground floor facilities
- General public amenities
- Emergency vehicle access
- Disabled persons beach access
- New car parking
- Links to Brazier Road
Disabled access to the beach was an important design feature. Predicted beach erosion levels were taken into consideration, and as a result this required the ramp to be lowered below the current sand level. The access ramp proposed by Lycopodium provided a simpler and more cost effective solution compared to the current approach.
To protect the concrete forecourt from erosion, the solution was to create an adjoining piling system with a concrete protective skirt. This offered durability, minimal maintenance, strength and cost efficiency.
All materials selected for construction were visually pleasing, yet also offered a range of practical benefits such as durability, robustness in a coastal environment and affordability.