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Competition: Sea Sport and Safety Centre, Aberystwyth

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Ceredigion County Council is recruiting a team to design a community-run sea safety centre in Aberystwyth

The team chosen for the estimated £70,000 contract will complete a feasibility study to RIBA Stage 2 and a business sustainability plan for a new venue for the Aberystwyth Surf Life Saving Club, overlooking Cardigan Bay.

The project will provide a new headquarters for the club, which is currently based inside a former beachfront public toilet on Marine Terrace, overlooking the city’s popular North Beach (pictured). New facilities for other coastal commercial activities such as a café or shop may also be included.

In its brief, the council says: ‘Aberystwyth Surf Life Saving Club trains young people and adults in beach and sea activities encouraging members of the community to be active in their awareness of the coastal environment – its dangers and its potentials. In 2007 the club drew up a development plan whereby it increased membership and procured new equipment. It has grown from eight members in 2002 to over 80 members by 2018 with a long waiting list.

‘The future activities, growth and development of the club of activities and its service to the community are restricted by lack of decent facilities. The current club premises – in old public toilets on the first floor above an old public shelter leased from the county council – are inadequate: they are too small, damp and in poor condition; there is evidence of movement in the building’s structure; [during much of the year], activities are curtailed due to lack of adequate and suitable space for indoor training; and there is no disabled access.’

Aberystwyth is an ancient coastal city and a major centre of education, culture and tourism in west Wales.

The new safety centre will feature a 20-to-30-capacity classroom, offices, a common room, toilets, kitchen, changing rooms, a bar, storage area, and a balcony. Externally an outdoor shower, parking and a barbeque area will also be required.

Applications will be judged 60 per cent on methodology, 20 per cent on presentation, and 20 per cent on cost. The deadline for applications is midday, 18 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council
Canolfan Rheidol
Rhoddfa Padarn
SY23 3UE

Tel: +44 1970633050
Email: Caffael@ceredigion.gov.uk 

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