Nobbys pavilion upgrade: change rooms, accessible toilets in new step

MAKING A SPLASH: Stage two of the Nobbys upgrade, highlighted in yellow. Picture: Newcastle City Council
MAKING A SPLASH: Stage two of the Nobbys upgrade, highlighted in yellow. Picture: Newcastle City Council

CHANGE facilities and accessible toilets will head to Nobbys beach under the second phase of an upgrade that has left many beachgoers hot under the collar. 

The council announced on Thursday its second stage for the overhaul of the iconic city beach’s facilities would include a dual-purpose building containing family change facilities and accessible toilets. 

The council plans to invite tender proposals for the 28-square metre structure, which will sit beside the lifeguard tower. 

It will also include a lift and change amenities allowing a hoist for mobility-impaired swimmers in future. 

It bolsters already complete work to the pavilion that left many beachgoers frustrated at the lack of change room space available.

"This part of the project will provide a large changing space and dramatically improve access to Nobbys for people with mobility challenges as part of our efforts to create a more inclusive city," lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

"The design ensures the changing space provides excellent circulation for able-bodied people and also those who utilise mobility devices.

"Having an accessible toilet, including a baby change facility adjoining this adult lift and change facility, will be a great asset for people with disabilities and encourage them to visit Nobbys."

The new building will come alongside three new outdoor shower towers on draining platforms, an access ramp from Bathers Way to the lower promenade and seats and benches. 

Cr Nelmes said the new design “remedied a shortfall of toilets as well as long-running hygiene problems".

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