High gloss Geoshine™. Blue Stone with standard grey base. Surf Life Saving Club
A head-turning Geoshine™ polished concrete floor was the obvious design choice for Inverloch’s state-of-the-art surf lifesaving club.
Built in 2010, the new facility needed an eye-catching foyer floor that could stand up to heavy foot traffic and the site’s tough surf beachfront conditions.
For the architect, it was a no brainer – premium polished concrete crafted by leading Victorian polished concrete specialist, Geocrete’s Paul Warner. Paul had already built a strong reputation for his meticulous work across the Bass Coast, and had impressed the locals with his technical expertise on the award winning San Remo Fisherman’s Coop.
It’s a decision that has paid off for the club. The floor looks as remarkable today as when it was first installed, demonstrating polished concrete’s impressive ability to weather the abrasive nature of sand and stand up to the everyday rigours of a busy commercial setting.
“Asking for a floor that is tough enough to handle a punishing seaside environment and yet also look modern and stylish seems a tall order, but polished concrete has all those qualities and more,” Paul said. “It’s an incredible product that is highly resistant to abrasion, requires minimal maintenance and will look beautiful for years to come.”
First impressions count, and the floor certainly packs a punch. A talking point for members and their guests, the foyer showcases a striking high gloss Geoshine™ floor featuring blue stone in a standard grey base. The mix design was supplied by Donmix using local quarry supplies of basalt in lovely gradings of blacks and browns.
With its vibrant and lustrous blue hue and the exposed basalt aggregate reminiscent of pebbles lining an ocean rockpool, the floor has an aquatic look that evokes the breathtaking beauty of the beachscape outside.
Replacing a humble operation out of three shipping containers, the cutting-edge club facilities are both a vital community service and a focal point for the small seaside community. With so many families attached to the club, a bonus from the job has been the flow-on effects for Paul’s business. “It’s a product that really sells itself, and I’ve received a tonne of great feedback from locals impressed by the floor’s beauty, who want to create the stunning look of polished concrete in their own homes.” Some of Paul’s recent work in the region includes a brilliant floor with beachy vibes in Cowes, and a glamourous high gloss floor in blacks and greys in Inverloch.