Gosford RSL Development
Gosford RSL Club Development Update. 3.9.2020
Over the past couple of years, Gosford RSL has been progressing steadily toward the construction of our new club. As you would be aware the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 has been a monumental challenge for everyone. Throughout the crisis Gosford RSL Club has worked hard to support our members, our staff and our community. Like everyone, we at Gosford RSL hoped and expected that the COVID-19 crisis would be resolved by now, or at least that there would be a clear, reliable timeline for our society to return to ‘normal’. Unfortunately, there is still no clear timeline and there is no clear definition of what the ‘new normal’ will be.
Because of this uncertainty, the Gosford RSL Club Ltd Board of Directors and CEO have made the decision to postpone the start of construction of our new building for 12 months.
Whilst this decision will be disappointing for many who were looking forward to seeing the new building started, the Club’s governing body is acutely aware of its responsibilities in managing the members’ assets and do not feel it is appropriate to commence such a significant project whilst there is still so much uncertainty.
We are very pleased to report that:
- all statutory and planning approvals are in place
- all architectural and planning documentation is complete
- the building tender package is ready for market
Therefore, it is a simple process to “press pause” on the current project timeline, then pick back up exactly where we left off, in 12 months’ time. The expected commencement of construction is now January 2022 with completion expected mid-2023. The current Club will continue to trade in its current format right through to the opening of the new premises.
We would like to express our thanks to all Club staff, Project Managers (APP), Architects (WMK) and the entire project team for bringing us this far. We remain committed to this project; however, we believe it is prudent to establish greater clarity before committing members’ resources.
The team at Gosford RSL would like to thank our members for your support and assure you that we remain committed to providing the best hospitality experience for our members and guests and supporting our community through the good times and challenges. Gosford RSL Club is open every day, offering a COVID-Safe environment in all areas, as well as Take-Away, Home-Delivery, the Drive-Through BBQ & Coffee in the front carpark, our “Online&In-Club” raffles and entertainment on Friday night and Sunday afternoon and so much more.
Gosford RSL Club - “We’re here for you!”
Russell Cooper Gary Young
CEO Gosford RSL Club President 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.