Gold Panner Motor Inn

When Andrew Lambiris came to Barnson, he was looking for a one-stop shop. What he found was a firm that could meet al lthe design and planning requirements for his $950,000 project.

Mr Lambiris is the owner of The Gold Panner - an iconic motor inn with a huge statue of a man panning for gold at its entrance. The motel was built in the 1960s, just five kilometres east of Bathurst. According to local folklore, the original owner built The Gold Panner as a budget motel, using leftover building materials from a motel he was building in Bathurst's town centre.

Set on a 3.5ha site with sweeping views across Mount Panorama, The Gold Panner was in need of modernising. The new owners have plans to build cabins amongst the existing parkland that surrounds the site to realise its potential.

Barnson developed plans to alter th 19 existing motel rooms,  increasing the floor space by 300m2. With spacious new bathrooms and a new deck for each unit, the project will add 16m2 in floor space in the breakfast room, kitchen and amenities area.The brief for the development was:

  • Modernise the existing 19 motel units

  • Create new spacious bathrooms for each unit

  • Add a deck to each unit with views across to Mount Panorama

  • Design four new accessible apartments that comply with AS1428.1 for access and mobility

  • Design a 100-seat breakfast room with kitchen and amenities that integrates with the existing structure and allows for future expansion of the site.

Project manager, Rawdon Stanford said lots of coordination was needed to cover all aspects of the project. "The beauty of handling all aspects of this project was that we could turn to each arm of the business and immediately know where things were up to," Rawdon said.

"Everything fell into sequence for the project to roll ahead with minimal delay. This was a great example of how one firm can address all the milestones and save time and money for the developer."