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Surf’s up for old club building

Preliminary work has started on the old Lyall Bay surf club, in preparation for its demolition, which is due to start within a fortnight.

This project is happening as the old building is in a bad state of repair, and Lyall Bay surf club now has a new home in the nearby purpose-built clubrooms designed by Archaus Architects (above).

The demolition of the old club building is one of the final stages of the restoration and strengthening of Lyall Bay, which has included the construction of a new car park at Surfers’ Corner, planting of the dunes for aesthetic reasons and to protect the area from coastal erosion, and the extension of the block wall for better protection against storms.

The area will be fenced off, and demolition should take about a week, depending on the weather, with a traffic management plan in place that will include temporary alternative routes for pedestrians.

Once the site is cleared, the seawall will be reinstated, and native plants will be planted over the next year to add to coastal resilience and beautification.

Over the past five years, the Wellington City Council has contributed $4,100,000 to the Lyall Bay Beach project, including the contribution to the Lyall Bay Surf Club.

This includes new public toilets and changing rooms (funded by WCC), outdoor showers and taps (a first for Lyall Bay), and a new playground, all of which will make Lyall Bay a more enjoyable beach for swimmers, surfers and families to visit.

Council Open Spaces and Parks Manager Myfanwy Emeny says the demolition of the old surf club building is just one stage of the greater Lyall Bay project.

“We started consultation with the community and stakeholders on possible developments for the area in 2009, and with this latest stage, we are one step closer to creating the vision we’ve been working towards.

“The new sand dune will naturally protect the road and infrastructure, and this popular recreational area won’t be as vulnerable as when we witnessed widespread damage done by storms and strong tides in the past.”