Papamoa Surf Rescue Base

Papamoa Beach, Tauranga is a favourite destination for Kiwis. What’s less appealing is the state of it’s existing surf life saving building. But that’s set for a real sea change.

The Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club has been dedicated to keeping swimmers safe since 1988. But its clubrooms – built in 1990 – weren’t helping the Club fulfil its mission. Constructed in materials not suited to a coastal environment, its deteriorating and obsolete spaces no longer suited their purpose, compounded by not enough space for vital rescue vehicles and equipment.

The Papamoa Community Surf Rescue Base Trust leads the way with a mission to raise funds for a new Rescue Base Building for the Surf Club and other local community organisations. It took a leap forward in February 2017 when Tauranga City Council approved the Club’s business case and ratified the option to build a new fit-for-purpose rescue base.

The Council’s cornerstone support of $1.2M represents a great starting point to fund the project, estimated at $4M. “Having the confidence of Council supporting our business case allows us to go out and seek funding, and with the addition of $400,000 from TECT, the Club has gained real moment towards reaching our foal” says club Chairman Andrew Hitchfield.

Since 2013, the Club’s trustees have sought advice from leading Surf Club advisors, talked to potential funders, reviewed numerous design concepts and visited new surf club build projects. Based on this research, the Trust aims to build a 1300m2 building with optimum design flexibility and future proofing. The Building Intelligence Group has been appointed as project manager to lead the project from the preliminary design phase to completion.

Jigsaw Architect’s Jason Benton comments “The intention is to build an instantly recognisable community surf rescue hub, which is environmentally and aesthetically responsive to its demanding coastal location.

The result will not only be functional for the Club’s needs, but also future-proofed for tomorrow; with secure space for rescue equipment storage, first aid facilities, education and training areas, club operational spaces and duality for broader community use.”

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