Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club

Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club has been patrolling the same stretch of beach for 100 years, its clubhouse a familiar sight at the top of the beach for generations. Having been through four re-builds over the past century, the latest iteration by Warren and Mahoney is sure to stand proudly for many decades.

The design features three dramatic glass pavilions and a terrace overlooking the golden sand and wild-looking surf across the northern beaches. Click-on Battens in Blackbutt timber make a statement heavily across the first floors facade, as well as throughout the interior.


Click-on Battens



Embraced by the community

With surf clubs playing a crucial role in coastal life, the design needed to achieve community buy-in as well as a sense of pride. The architect undertook a detailed use analysis of the inner workings of the club to optimise operational efficiencies and consultation with council and the public was vital in informing the design.

The resulting solution has three elevated glass pavilions housing a restaurant, lounge bar, function room and at ground level there is also a cafe; welcoming locals and the many visitors to the area.

Supporting a strong surf, beach and sports culture

Life on the Northern Beaches is characterised by a deep affinity for the land and seascape. Timber being a material of choice for the first floor of the exterior contrasts nicely with the rugged grey cladding on ground level. The warm tones of the timber shine against the rugged patina, fitting with the terrain and tones of the coast. However, if the timber coating maintenance is halted, the timber can also grey with age.

Click-on Battens are highly durable and the mounting tracks strong engineering allows them to be securely connected. Withstanding strong coastal winds and all the tough elements that come with being situated along the coast.


Product specifications: Exterior (first-floor)
Product Click-on Battens
Material Timber
Species Blackbutt
Profile Block, 40x30mm
Finish Clear oil
Mounting track Standard mounting track

Coastal environments and corrosion

Corrosion is a big issue along coastlines, with metal and water not being a good mix. However to avoid corrosion, we have materials and systems in place to help avoid corrosion appearing along exteriors.

We have corrosion experts in our team who can provide you with guidance to ensure your design is giving your project the best chance of being corrosion free. We also have an article on the subject you can read here.

Project Summary


Warren and Mahoney


Kane Construction


AKM Projects


Mona Vale, NSW






Sean Fennessy

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