Work starts this week on a six month refurbishment for Merimbula RSL Club.
Club Secretary-Manager Michael Mutsch says the work will result in more modern and upmarket facilities and marks an exciting time for the club and its members and guests.
The refurbishment focusses on the club’s most popular areas including the dining room and coffee shop and blends through to other areas such as the Scenic Lounge and function rooms.
The club has closed the Scenic Lounge for the first stage of the project. Mr Mutsch says they expect the lounge area to be closed for around three weeks.
“We apologise to all our members and guests for any inconvenience, but this work is well overdue for our club which is starting to look tired and in need of a revamp. We will work closely with the builders to minimise disruptions over the next six months.”
Abeo Architects, who have 20 years of hospitality design experience and specialise in club design, drew up the renovation plans. The club has appointed local company Rankin Builders to complete the project.
Project manager and Rankin Builders company director Don Hassan says they are thrilled to be working with the RSL.
“We have been working with Merimbula RSL for the past 10 years and they’re tremendous people to work for. The architects they have chosen for this project are excellent. The job is going to look sensational and we can’t wait to get stuck into it.”
Mr Hassan says the project will be a major boost for the local economy.
“A project like this means everything to the local economy. We really appreciate that the RSL has such a strong focus on supporting local businesses wherever they can.”
He says they are using local tradespeople for all aspects of the project except for the lift manufacturer.
“You’ve got to support local people and businesses; it keeps our economy going and provides employment for young people so we don’t lose them to the cities.”
The last major renovation at Merimbula RSL Club was in 2004. In 2007 they completed some renovation work and since then have completed small areas within the club.
Mr Mutsch says everyone is looking forward to seeing the refurbishment.
“The end result will be fantastic,” he says. “When people visit our club they will think ‘wow!’ and will feel like they’re in one of the most modern and progressive clubs around.”