Bicheno Surf Life Saving Club


This unique timber construction with fantastic beach views overlooks the white sands of Waubs Bay. The original design for a boathouse was beyond the not for profit Life Saving group’s budget, so the organisation utilised Government grant money to create a low maintenance, low running cost building which incorporated the existing amenities block to create a sustainable building with low environmental footprint and a building for community gathering and future use.

This environmentally fragile area hosts breeding grounds for Fairy penguins, Sandpiper nesting grounds and native trees all of which are important to the eco-systems in this area.

The timber cladding is laid horizontally with finger jointed ends expressed at each corner, to symbolise the cray pot enhancing the Cray Fishing with in the community and its importance.

The social activities associated with this boathouse means that the community are now able to utilise this facility to hold meetings, fund raising events, and associated Surf Life Saving events. This building becomes a “lantern” at night lighting up the beach and surrounding area.

The clubhouse holds its own for sustainability, with the artificial lighting being LED, low energy type on motion sensors and timers, the natural daylight streams into the boathouse through the translucent UV protected cladding used. It has natural ventilation with roller shutters and doors, the paints used were Zero VOC and there was only plantation certified timbers used for the external cladding, framing and structure.

The Architect was employed to design a sustainable clubhouse that has now become a multipurpose function centre for a community. 

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This building has been featured in The St Helens Times, Timber Tasmania, The Examiner, and the East Coast News (view article).