Intro has created a refreshing new look for the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club located on the coast of Horseshoe Bay. The recent $5.9 million upgrade is a state-of-the-art lifesaving, training, and function hub, one of the biggest investments of its kind in the state’s history.
The multimillion- dollar development led by Intro and South Australian contractor Partek Construction created over 40 jobs through construction and will continue to create employment opportunities within its functions spaces with estimated activities including birthdays, community events, and weddings.
Officially opening its doors in late November, the brand-new surf lifesaving club now offers both staff, members, and the local community a sophisticated, modern space, with facilities that will sustain vital lifesaving services well into the future.
Throughout the design process, Intro was determined to maintain the building’s natural surroundings, the pristine shores of Horseshoe Bay, and incorporate these elements into their plan.
The natural landscape of Horseshoe Bay, with the nearby lookout and rock formations each, played a role in the architectural intent of the new surf lifesaving club, which reflects the curve, height, and abstract patterning of the natural landscape.
Intro Director Terry Boxall believes that translating the natural surroundings of the area was crucial in the design of the project.
“Port Elliot has a strong local community and the surf club has such history, being around for over 80 years, so to us, it was important to take inspiration from the elements of the surrounding environment in our design and really capture the local context of the bay while also making sure all vital requirements were met,” Terry said.
“The design employs a material pallet to capture textural and earthy tones, reflecting the weathered appearance of the lichen-covered rocks, while remaining resilient to erosive sea spray,” he continued.
As well as the current 150 active patrolling members, the surf club also prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere and culture of mateship, holding weekly training sessions that see over 200 children involved in learning how to swim, surf safety skills, and progressing towards being senior lifesavers.
“The club’s rich focus on family and community was also taken into account, as we wanted to create a classic design that will last for generations to come,” Terry added.
The upgrade of the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club continues Intro’s longstanding relationship with Surf Lifesaving SA, including the recent $1.6 million upgrade of the Aldinga Surf Lifesaving Club and the Goolwa and Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Clubs. Other current projects in Intro’s portfolio include Monarto Zoo’s Visitor Centre, the luxury Oscar Barossa Hotel, Haigh’s new head office, and the upgraded Metcash Distribution Centre.