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Burpengary Community Club

18 November 2021


The new Burpengary Community Club, in the growing Moreton region north of Brisbane, shows the power of courage and collaboration.

For the Hervey Bay RSL Group, it was a new venture outside their core area. For KP Architects, it was an opportunity to create a unique fit-out design to reflect the region’s natural environment. For construction company, Rohrig, it was a masterclass in delivering to a very tight timeline and value engineering to make the project viable.

Jason Lynch, CEO of Hervey Bay RSL Group, said that when they were presented with the opportunity, they were excited by the idea, even though it is outside of their usual region.

“Our local region was pretty much saturated, but Burpengary had not had a local community club of any size for 20 years or more,” Mr Lynch said.

Mr Lynch said both the local State member and the local councillor were very supportive, as were The Comiskey Group who were responsible for the newly built Burpengary Station Village.

Design for place

KP Architects were commissioned to design the fit-out of the club, after their involvement in Burpengary Station Village.

The name ‘Burpengary’ comes from the Indigenous word Burpengar, translating to ‘the place of the green wattle’. The shape of the green wattle, similar to a chevron, was a key design reference and helped to embed a sense of place. Natural materials, including silver travertine, Spotted Gum timber and terracotta tiles, were used extensively throughout, creating a sense of warmth and welcome.

The design diverged from typical club design, taking advantage of full-height glazing and natural light. The overall effect is very open with the bistro, sports bar and café positioned around the periphery connecting to outdoor dining and a beer garden.

Fitted out in 17 weeks

The Burpengary Community Club was Rohrig’s second new club fit-out in the region, following the North Lakes Sports Club in 2017.

Having tendered for the project in January 2021, Rohrig had to manage an accelerated timeframe to deliver for the opening in June 2021.

Rohrig’s Business Development Manager, John Demnar, said significant value engineering and a short delivery schedule was only made possible through strong collaboration between the client, architects, construction team and Rohrig’s loyal subcontractors.

Rohrig also redesigned the proposed food and beverage component to ensure functionality and aesthetics utilising there ‘mock-up process’ to help streamline workflows for the kitchen, food service and bars.

A great new venue

As promised, the fit-out was finished to a high standard in time for the club’s opening, giving Burpengary a stunning new venue.

“It was a great feeling to be part of the opening of the club on the 22 June and the positive feedback on the design and build has been overwhelming,” Mr Lynch said.

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