Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club: Sand, sea and style

Scarboro SLSC has been saving lives since 1928. Located on the iconic Esplanade section of Scarborough Beach, the Club patrols one of Perth’s most popular beaches.

In 2018 the Club celebrated its 90th birthday and moved into stunning purpose-built facilities, commissioned as part of the Scarborough Foreshore Redevelopment.

Sand and sea

The new premises were designed by Hames Sharley, a multi-disciplinary practice which specialises in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The principles of the Scarboro SLSC grew from their collaboration with the borough Foreshore Redevelopment team.

Hames Sharley’s approach focused around the ‘sand and sea’ elements so often used to describe the striking coastal location. The upper building design is inspired by the ‘solid’ sand form, and houses the functional service parts of the precinct. The ‘transparent’ forms represent sea foam*, and are made up of permeable enclosures.

Concrete fins on the sea exposed southern side of the building - inspired by surfboards and waves - enhance the transparency element. The fins provide a direct lines of sight from the entry through to the ocean, while providing structure and thermal mass for ESD compliance.

The lower facilities are finished with concrete and timber cladding to create legibility and a sense of tranquillity.

Sustainability initiatives include passive solutions that minimise energy usage, including fully opening windows and reducing the amount of direct sunlight.

Mortlock Timber Trendplank Pacific Teak Timber Cladding, Scarborough Beach

Enduring the elements

For a site exposed in equal measures to the rigours of the harsh Australian climate and a close proximity to the Indian Ocean, choosing timber cladding, screening and battens that are up to the job was critical.

Hames Sharley selected Mortlock Timber’s Pacific Teak products for the build. Pacific Teak is a naturally stable hardwood, offering very low shrinkage, which remains dimensionally stable no matter what our challenging environment throws at it.

Trendplank Timber Cladding is profiled for movement. It retains strength and integrity during the natural expansion and contraction that takes place when wood is exposed to heat and water. This makes it low maintenance and gives it longevity.

The addition of Proplank Battens and Screenplank Screening meant Mortlock Timber provided the Hames Sharley and Scarboro SLSC with a complete, practical and effective solution.

Scarborough Beach Pacific Teak Timber Cladding


Where a low maintenance and naturally weathered timber look is required, Pacific Teak is an excellent choice. Pacific Teak will remain very stable while weathering.


Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club


Scarborough Beach, Stirling, WA

Project partners:

  • Mortlock Timber Group – timber ceiling and wall products, handrails
  • Hames Sharley – Architect
  • Georgiou Group – Builder
  • Solwest Constructions – Contractor

Mortlock Timber Group products:

Proplank 40×20 Pacific Teak Battens

Proplank is a linear timber ceiling and wall lining designed for straight or curved surfaces. Its cleverly designed and engineered spring steel clips and nylon spacer brackets can be clicked into place according to specification, along with the material selected to go into the clips. This system was designed to reduce installation and material costs without compromising the aesthetics of natural timber. FIND OUT MORE>

Trendplank 120×18 Pacific Teak Cladding

Trendplank timber cladding is a concealed fixed cladding system. It is designed to allow for natural timber movement and comes with a range of proprietary corner trims and end stops for the perfect finish. Originally designed for exterior cladding, Trendplank has increasingly been used by Australia’s leading architects and builders to line ceilings as well as internal and external walls. FIND OUT MORE>

Screenplank 85×20 Pacific Teak Screening

Screenplank is a solid timber batten which is manufactured specifically for sun shading, privacy screening and fencing applications. Available in a range of durable species, sizes and profiles, Screenplank complements both contemporary and traditional designs. FIND OUT MORE>


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