Coolum Surf Club, Coolum

With 30,000 plus members and 58 clubs! Surf Lifesaving Queensland has come a long way from its humble beginnings of its first recorded beach rescue in 1909. Coolum Surf Club located on Sunshine Coast adds to this tradition and excellence also within the food and entertainment space; having won multiple industry food awards including 2015 Clubs Winner Awards for excellence. Along with its famous reputation for having one of the best beach front views in Australia! Coolum surf club underwent a multimillion dollar extension and refurbishment with a new function centre and a complete rebuild and massive extension of the commercial kitchen space. The entire existing kitchen roof was required to be raised to accommodate the new layout. Arkfield were the successful tenderer engaged on a fixed price lump sum (D&C) arrangement to design, supply and install new air-conditioning, toilet and general ventilation systems, kitchen ventilation and supply systems, stainless steel kitchen hoods, HACCP compliant cold rooms and freezer rooms. Variable speed controllers. In conjunction to this Arkfield were engaged on a consultative level to provide technical information support to stakeholders on critical Building Code issues between building structure and mechanical services and advice on external sound level setbacks to meet local council requirements.

Project Overview:

  • Architects: BRD Design Group
  • Consultants: RPG
  • Type: Club
  • Location: Coolum, Qld
  • System: airconditioning systems, mechanical ventilation, stainless hoods, HVAC digital control, VSD’S, specialised acoustic ductwork and louvers.


  • Design deficiencies: during the works a number of structural design deficiencies were identified by Arkfield. This included spatials with existing ceiling heights, load bearings for suspended floors for mechanical plant, hydraulics, acoustics sound levels of external plant.
  • Specialist cladding: co-ordination and installation of specialist cladding to external cold room panels.
  • Tight timeframes: work schedule was implemented as a shop fitting program by the Architects; which required late nights and Sunday works. Arkfield accommodated this with ease.
  • 6 metre kitchen hoods: challenging building access; delivery of (2) x 6 metre stainless steel kitchen exhaust hoods which required to be craned in from surf side balcony of the club.

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