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Life Saving Victoria

The Life Saving Victoria State Centre is a sophisticated integrated administration, education and emergency services facility located in an environmentally sensitive setting on Port Phillip Bay.

The building acts as a training centre for members of affiliated clubs, most of which are located beyond the Port Philip heads. However the members of these clubs predominantly reside in Melbourne, and the State Centre is a vital metropolitan resource in ensuring that these volunteers are able to maintain a high skills base.

In addition, the State Centre provides an ongoing resource in providing schools training in Life Saving skills, not only at the waterside but wherever resuscitation skills may be required. A lecture theatre, training rooms, storage for life saving and water safety equipment, a gym and direct access to Sandridge beach all facilitate delivery of these programs.

The building is also innovative in integrating a significant education facility within a sensitive foreshore setting. Sand embankments help embed the building form in its environment, and allow landscaping to be extended to the boundaries of the building. The curved plan form minimizes the buildings apparent bulk.

Project Team

Demaine Partnership


Surf Life Saving Victoria


Todd Road, Sandridge

Project Elements

Function Centre with servery, bar and commercial kitchen, State Administration Facility, Storage areas, Retail shop and Café, Training facility including instruction areas and equipment stores, showers and change areas, gymnasium


Walton Construction

Time to complete

12 months