Castlereagh Hotel Redevelopment

Any project that requires the designers to keep part of the area operational during construction is a challenge to the engineers involved. Dubbo’s historic Castlereagh Hotel was no exception – but the owners are extremely happy with the results.

The hotel has experienced significant disruption throughout its 130-year history. Established in 1882 on the corner of Talbragar Streets in the heart of Dubbo, the hotel was burnt down in 1890 and again in 1922. The current hotel was built in 1923.

With new owners keen to give the pub a fresh update, it was also important to continue trading during the six-month redevelopment period. Keeping the bar, gaming room and upstairs accommodation open during building work ensured a continuous income stream for the owners and meant locals could see the changes taking place around them.

Barnson’s Building and Industrial Designer, Kirk Gleeson said the pub’s new owners appreciated that while the exterior facade of the historic building was appealing, they could not achieve their future plans with dated finishes and a rabbit warren of a layout.

“With cost a key consideration, the brief was to try and reconfigure the existing space whilst maintaining the heritage features and create an open modern bar to attract new clientele,” Kirk said.

“We also had to schedule work so that the pub could continue to operate during construction.”

Stage 1 involved:

  • relocating the offices
  • joining the space between the dining and function areas
  • creating a multi-function dining room that could cater for larger functions.

Stage 2 involved:

  • reconfiguring the rest of the downstairs areas
  • removing most of the walls
  • major structural works to open up the space and provide more useable floor area to the bar
  • compliant new gaming and TAB areas
  • modern new bar
  • upgraded amenities
  • upgrading the outdated finishes
  • new ceiling and fresh coat of paint throughout.