Construction to begin on $45M Gosford RSL upgrade

A render of how the upgraded club will look

After years of planning, a $45M upgrade of the Gosford RSL Club will get underway in June.

Designed by WMK Architecture, the upgrade will see the club transformed into an accessible contemporary space, a spokesperson said.

The ground floor of the three-storey venue will feature a distinctive porte-cochere entry, RSL museum and a reception area servicing the RSL and the adjoining motel.

The first floor will contain a cafe, lounge, bar, multiple indoor and outdoor dining options, a kids’ play area and a teenage retreat.

The second floor will showcase conference and event spaces, a sports bar and a brewery.

An extra 154 parking spaces will 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,” Club CEO, Russell Cooper, said.

“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.”

Cooper said the club was excited to partner with local contractor North Construction & Building on the project.

“This is a very special project for us,” North Managing Director, Matthew Cook, said. “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,” Cook said.

“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 be completed late next year, with the existing RSL club to remain operational throughout.

For more details visit https://grsl.com.au/gosford-rsl-masterplan/.

Gosford RSL Club Group comprises of Gosford RSL club, The Galaxy Motel and the Ashwood Motel, and employs more than 130 staff members.

The Club has been operating since 1960 and has approximately 25,000 members.

First created to provide a place for returned servicemen and women to meet, the Club supports the Gosford RSL Sub Branch.

North Construction & Building was founded in 1987 and has grown to become a trusted regional construction company with an award-winning reputation for excellence.

The employee-owned company has offices in Tuggerah, Newcastle, Dubbo, Orange, Mudgee and most recently Brisbane, and works across a diverse range of projects within the commercial, education, aged care, health, industrial, infrastructure, retail and hospitality sectors.

Verified information Source: Media release, Apr 28, 2022 Gosford RSL Club

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