Cambridge digs in for City Beach upgrade

Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers turns the first shovel of sand to mark the start of the City Beach Development project. Picture: Sarah Motherwell
Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers turns the first shovel of sand to mark the start of the City Beach Development project. Picture: Sarah Motherwell

Mr Withers said the 165m-long seawall was due to be finished by the end of July and would protect the new surf club building and restaurants from storm surge and rising sea levels.

‘I’m hoping it will make the area a bit more buzzy,’ Mr Withers said. ‘One of the things about City Beach is it has always been a magnificent beach but it has always had very poor facilities and a very ugly surf club building.

‘It’s going to be a much more attractive beach and it’s going to have a range of restaurants and cafes that will cater for just about everyone.’

Mr Withers said the council expected to award the final tender for the major works at this month’s meeting and construction would be completed by mid-2015.

‘There will be some disruption but a lot of the building is going to take place over winter and we’ve made plans to relocate the surf club over summer,’ he said.

‘It will take about two years to do the construction, so they’ll miss one summer.’