Gosford RSL Development

April 29, 2022 - Construction to commence on Gosford RSL Redevelopment

Central Coast, NSW – Celebrations are in order as Gosford RSL forges ahead in transforming their adored RSL club into a landmark building and a stand-out venue for the Gosford region. 

Uniquely designed by WMK Architecture, with construction by local contractor North Construction & Building, the $45 million upgrade will see the club transformed into a contemporary space that embraces and builds community, one that is accessible and encourages each and every member and guest to find a space they're comfortable in.

The 3-storey ultra-modern venue will feature a distinctive porte cochere entry, RSL museum and reception servicing both the RSL and the adjoining motel on the ground floor. The first floor will contain a cafe, lounge, bar, multiple indoor and outdoor dining options, kids play area, and teenage retreat.  The second floor will showcase sophisticated conference and event spaces, sports bar and brewery. An additional 154 car parking spaces will be added on site to accommodate the expected increase in patron numbers.

“We are incredibly excited to bring this project to life after many years of planning and delays caused by the recent pandemic.” states Gosford RSL Club CEO, Russell Cooper. “Our Club has gone from strength to strength over the past decade with our popularity demanding significant expansion. After reviewing many options, the decision was made to construct an entirely new venue which will be a stunning building marking the gateway to Gosford and the Central Coast. We are a parochial local business and it means the world to us to be able to create a venue that our community will enjoy and be proud of whilst also ensuring we are able to continue supporting our community and providing outstanding entertainment, hospitality and employment opportunities for many years to come. The fact that we are able to partner with a successful and capable local builder in North Construction & Building is the icing on the cake. We can’t wait to welcome our members, guests, staff and local community into the new Gosford RSL Club!”

Equally as excited are local award-winning contractor, North Construction & Building, who have been tracking this project since its conception.

“This is a very special project for us,” stated North Managing Director, Matthew Cook. “Not only is it a significant year for North, celebrating our 35-year Anniversary, but we also now get to celebrate being awarded our largest community construction project to date.”

The Gosford RSL Redevelopment represents more than just another building project for North.

“Our site teams and subcontractors live locally and have been enjoying the club’s facilities for many years,” expressed Cook. “Many have celebrated significant family events at the club’s restaurant and function rooms and continue to visit regularly. This is North continuing to build in the community and help create the “Gateway to Gosford and the Central Coast.” 

Construction is expected to commence in June 2022 with anticipated completion late 2023. The existing RSL Club will remain operational throughout construction.

Contract signing: Gosford RSL Club CEO Russell Cooper, The Board of Directors and North Construction & Building Director Ray Millar at Gosford RSL Club.

September 4, 2019 - 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.