Gosford RSL Masterplan
Gosford RSL Club’s Plans Approved
The Gosford RSL Club Development Application to build a new Club was approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel on Wednesday 4 September 2019.
The visionary plan, which will see the new Clubhouse built on the current carpark adjacent to Central Coast Highway, has been designed to be a significant building marking West Gosford as the “Gateway to Gosford and the Central Coast”. It is also a statement of confidence by the Club’s Directors in the future of Gosford and the wider area which the Club serves.
The new three level building of 6,800 sqm will be about fifty percent larger than the current clubhouse but on a smaller footprint of about 3,500 sqm which means that when complete and the present clubhouse is demolished there will be a significant amount space freed up for future expansion and development.
“That’s how we briefed our architects: to focus on the fact that our new Club needed to be something that would service our community, should be something they could be proud of and, in recognition of our location, the building should make a statement as the “gateway” to Gosford and the Central Coast.” said Gosford RSL’s CEO Russell Cooper.
The Development Application was lodged in March 2018 and Mr Cooper reported that Council staff were very supportive and collaborative in assisting the Club and its planning team to address any potential issues which might prevent planning approval. In the end, Council recommended that the DA be approved and the JRPP agreed with the sentiment, reaching a unanimous decision to approve the DA. Panel members congratulated the Club and their architects on the outstanding design aesthetics and the benefits that the development would deliver to the community.
The final plan will see a ground floor entry, RSL Museum, Reception for both the Club and Galaxy Motel, as well as offices, cellar and storage areas. The 1st floor will comprise of café and dining areas with multiple food offerings catering to families and groups of all sizes, plus lounge, bar and terrace. The 2nd floor will comprise Sports bar, Conference and Events space with capacity for up to 800 people, a ‘rooftop’ Bar & Restaurant and the newly established “Oak Haven Brewing Co.” microbrewery.
Mr Cooper reported that it has been a complex and thorough process, with 4 years of research, consultation and planning, to get to this point. Current projections see construction commencing late in 2020 with completion in 2022. Architects for the development are WMK Architects from Sydney with Project Managers APP Corporation (Newcastle). Builders are yet to be selected.