Have your say on the lifeguard tower of the future

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Think you have an eye for design or could identify the perfect lifeguard tower of the future?

As part of the Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC) 2013, participants were tasked with designing a subconsent surf lifesaving tower. After consultation with Surf Life Saving, the entries are in and organisers want to work with Surf Life Saving Clubs to identify the towers that we like the most.

In order the get on with the design work, they would like to get an initial list of five to seven of the designs that our club members like best before next Thursday (September 12).  

From this list, they will develop a few of the most feasible projects in preparation for a November build. 

There is also an opportunity for two Surf Life Saving Clubs to get involved with this project and have one of the designsof their choosing constructed at the beach they patrol.

Unitec and SHAC have each pledged $3000 to help the best of the challenge entrants construct their designs alongside these two Surf Life Saving Clubs in November of this year.  

Clubs who are interested in getting involved in this project would be required to match this grant to help make the project a success.

To register your club's interest, or for more information please contact Surf Life Saving New Zealand Aquatic Risk Manager Nick Mulcahy on 04 382 7226 or email before September 12.

To help judge the best towers please rank the designs from one (being your favourite) to seven and email them to before September 12.

To view the finalists visit

About the Sustainable Habitat Challenge

The Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC) is a network of people designing and building more sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods.

The SHAC Challenge is a way to learn about the building code, experiment with buildings, and to develop prototypes for our new built environment.

Visit for more information.