City Beach Development updates ....
Proposed Surf Club building viewed from the beach
April 2014 - Construction of Seawall underway for City Beach Precinct
The Town of Cambridge is pleased to announce the much anticipated Surf Club Building and Commercial Development at City Beach is about to take its next big step forward, with construction of the below ground seawall about to start.
The $800,000 seawall project, being carried out by Yarnell Civil and Construction, includes:
- construction of a significant below ground seawall in front of the new surf club building and restaurants, to protect against forecast storm surges and a rise in sea level; and
- remedial repairs to the groyne at the south end of City Beach.
Yarnell have moved onto the site and, after establishing fencing and the site office, will start work on the seawall.
It's expected the seawall will be finished in July 2014 and repairs to the groyne by mid-August 2014.
About the works
The construction of the seawall will require a major excavation of the beach in front of the new Surf Club Building and Commercial Development site.
The seawall is 165 metres long and will be built in three consecutive stages. The very large trench being dug to accommodate the seawall will vary in width from 11 to 16 metres, and will be 6.5 metres deep.
The seawall will be constructed of granite boulders, each weighing an average 5 tonnes (or approximately 1.5 metres in diameter), trucked in from a Northam quarry.
Once the wall has been built the trench will be filled in and the beach returned to its original condition. The seawall won't be visible as it sits at least half a metre below the surface of the beach and will only be exposed in the event of a significant storm surge or possible sea level rise in the future.
The seawall is being built as a condition of planning approval by the State Government, in accordance with its Planning Policy 2.6, which specifically relates to coastal engineering.
See below artist impressions of aerial and cross-section views of the seawall construction.
Artist impressions - Seawall
In addition to the seawall, Yarnell will be undertaking remedial maintenance of the southern groyne, which will be closed during the works.
Accessing the beach
Due to the nature and scale of the City Beach Development changes in access to the beach, in and around the construction zone, will be necessary for the duration of the project.
See the map below for pedestrian access of City Beach for the duration of the seawall works.
Pedestrian Access Map - Seawall works
Like to know more?
Consultants NS Projects have been appointed by the Town to help deliver this project and their Mr Nick Allen is available to attend to any questions you may have. If you have any questions please contact Nick on 6363 0831.
December 2013 - Council gives green light to $18m City Beach transformation
The City Beach redevelopment is well and truly underway with Council agreeing to advertise tenders for construction of the project and two of three restaurant leases signed by the new tenants.
Read the City Beach news article to learn more about these recent announcements and meet the new City Beach tenants.
The Western Australian Planning Commission has also given planning approval to the project, with construction activity on site anticipated to commence at the end of March 2014.
A recent artist impression of two restuarants in the City Beach Development (viewed from the beach) can be viewed below.
City Beach Development - Restaurants
July 2013 - Precinct designs lodged for planning approval
Designs for the City Beach development have progressed to the stage where a formal application for planning approval has been lodged with the Western Australian Planning Commission.
As part of the planning approval process the Town invited the community to comment on the design drawings and relevant reports. The comment period ended on 14 August 2013.
View City Beach development design drawings and reports by selecting the links below.
February 2013 - Lotterywest Grant bolsters surf club building fund
On Monday, 4 February Lotterywest announced the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club had been successful in securing a grant to contribute to the cost of the new surf club building at City Beach.
A significant $950,000 was awarded to the club, to provide a contribution towards the cost of constructiing the new surf club building and to cover the fit-out costs.
January 2013 - State Government funding secured for new surf club building
In mid January the Town of Cambridge received advice it's funding application to the State Government, under it's Community Sporting and Recreational Facilities Fund (CSRFF), had been successful.
The State's contribution of $950,000 will go towards the cost of building the new City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club building.
The Town's contribution towards the building costs of the new surf club will be $4.5 million - the largest single contribution ever made by a Perth metropolitan Council to a surf club.
October 2012 - Feedback on concept designs considered
Council, at its September 2012 meeting, considered community feedback on the concept designs for the Surf Club and Commercial Development at City Beach.
Forty two (42) submissions were received in response to three specific questions put to the community for feedback. The questions and measures of support are listed below:
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|What do you think about the proposal to build food and beverage outlets to create an area where people can go for a meal and/or drink in a relaxed environment?
|What do you think about the proposal to improve the recreation space at City Beach by creating a new landscaped area where beachgoers can enjoy a picnic or passive recreation?
|How do you feel about the surf club building space comprising elements 'under' the landscaped recreation area whilst still having primary connection to the beach?
Following discussion, Council decided that:-
- this report into community feedback on endorsed concept of the Surf Club Building and Commercial Development at City Beach Concept be noted;
- design continue on the basis of the surf club leased space being 1,610m2 of enclosed area;
- an appropriately qualified consultant be appointed to produce an independent assessment on the impact of wind, salt spray and sand movement on the surf club building;
- the public toilets at beach level remain generally as shown in the concept plans;
- dedicated surf club parking areas not be included in the scope of this project;
- necessary planning studies commence, including coastal engineering and traffic and parking;
- the road on the east side of the restaurants to be a pedestrian friendly service road and set down area without parking;
- the capacity of the commercial/restaurant space be reduced by approximately 20%; and
- the respondents be advised of the outcome of this report.
To view the full council report select the document link below.
July 2012 - Concept designs prepared and feedback invited
Work on the Surf Club and Commercial Development at City Beach is progressing and is now at the stage where concept designs have been prepared and feedback from the public is being sought.
This major project will significantly enhance the City Beach beachfront precinct with the proposed development of:
- a blend of new dining options, improved leisure spaces and a new surf club building, all in keeping with the low rise style of City Beach.
- pedestrian and cycle paths that link all sections of the beachfront.
- three distinct food and beverage buildings offering a range of dining options that cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Patrons of the eateries will enjoy panoramic views of the ocean from within the buildings as well as from the weather protected al fresco dining areas.
- large landscaped lawn spaces with shade trees, seating and facilities - where people can gather and enjoy the outdoors.
- surf club building built at beach level, with access from the landscaped upper level and the beach.
The cost of the project is expected to be around $13.4m; $5.8m for the new surf club building, $4.4m for the food and beverage outlets and $3.2m for public open spaces, toilets, landscaping, car parks and road works.
Funding for the works will come from the Town's endowment lands account ($12.1m) with an additional $1.3m anticipated to come from a combination of grant funds and surf club contributions.
It's expected revenue from the commercial facilities rental returns will , over time, return capital of $6.65m to the endowment lands account. This represents the cost of the commercial buildings plus 50% of the Town's contributions to the surf club building.
February 2012 - Council endorses concept to revitalise City Beach and redevelop Surf Club
The Town of Cambridge recently endorsed a concept to revitalise City Beach and redevelop the City of Perth Surf Lifesaving Club (COPSLC) building.
Council saw the opportunity to not only upgrade the outdated surf club building but to include restaurants and parkland following demand to improve the area.
Read the project's history and past reports.
redeveloped Surf Club located on the beach to allow surf clubs to carry out tasks on the beach;
restaurants that front the street allowing patrons a better view of the precinct;
a lookout overlooking the beach;
landscaped area - provides somewhere for the community to recreate; and
an improved amphitheatre complete with weather protection.
The project is anticipated to cost $10million, including ancillary works. Construction is expected to commence in 2013 and will take 12 to 18 months to finish.
Appointed architects Christou Design Group have developed some preliminary designs to showcase how the area could best be used to see City Beach turned into a parkland and restaurant precinct complete with an iconic surf club building. Design maximises views and ensures low-rise buildings are secondary to the coastal landscape.
These designs however aren't final and are subject to further studies and a community consultation phase. Tell us what you think of designs so far by submitting the online form (located beneath the artist's impressions).
Now architects and specialists will begin to investigate and determine types of commercial facilities that could be built and variables such as possible size, variety and opening hours.
Investigations will also be undertaken as to how the surf club and other public and community facilities will contribute to the look and feel of City Beach which will result in the project's scope and budget. The proposed scope and budget will be presented to Council to seek final design and construction approval.
During this initial phase community consultation will also be undertaken.
View a conceptual 3D video of the City Beach Redevelopment prepared by Christou Design Group below as well as the Network 10 News coverage of the proposed development, which aired on 29 February 2012.
Also take a look at some of the preliminary designs beneath the video. To view larger images, select the image to download.
Read the media release here.
Download City Beach Development brochure
Visit the City Beach Concepts and Designs page to view the latest design concepts for the beachfront precinct at City Beach.
Concept designs can also be viewed at the Town's Administration Centre, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Last Updated: 14/04/2014