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The shipping container life is over

Cameron Joe
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The new South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club building.  Supplied

The South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club has new digs and they're opening on Saturday.

Club captain Steven Drabble is chuffed with the new building. 

"The last couple of years we've been working out of shipping containers," Drabble said. 

He said it would be "quite nice" to use the new space, which opens officially with a ceremony at 1pm, Saturday. 

Drabble said club meetings had for the past two years taken place in coffee shops and at the homes of members. 

The $2 million facility designed by Shepard and Routs Architects will contain three separate meeting spaces.

It will be used by about 250 members and function as a space for community and private events.

The old club building was demolished in 2019 due to structural problems caused by the 2011 earthquakes. 

The Christchurch City Council and various other organisations have contributed to the cost of the new building.

Club chairperson Nigel Cox said the building had been designed sustainably. It had LED lighting and was built using sustainable materials in contrast to the metal roofing and brick used in the previous building.

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Old South Brighton clubrooms Supplied