The popular Canterbury League Club in Sydney, which started off as a small community hall in 1957, has just been given a $106 million facelift to meet the needs of its 62,000 members and the local community.
Commencing in 2014, the redevelopment was designed to challenge the way the public views the average leagues club and transform it into more than just a place to grab a beer and watch a game, but into a 5-star premier hospitality venue with cafés, lounges, bars, restaurants, gourmet food and drinks, entertainment, shows, a play area and even a 24 hour health club.
Club Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Brain, said: “We feel we were a really successful club for many years but that there was some room for growth in regard to lounge space, restaurants, bars and cafés and entertainment.”
The Canterbury League Club is set to become a ‘gathering place’ for the local community and a true ‘foodie hub’, now boasting a 24-hour café, a bistro which can comfortably seat 700 guests, a chic new bar and a traditional Italian eatery.
All of which guests can easily access thanks to 10 new levels of underground parking, which feature an additional 1,300 parking spaces.
The Club’s facilities are supported by a small village of staff that have their own vast underground services area, allowing them to quickly, efficiently and discreetly respond to all customer needs.
The redevelopment saw the construction of a new underground loading dock and production kitchens. From here staff can utilise two sets of dual lifts to bring food and drinks from the two state-of-the-art kitchens, maintain and service all the beer lines from the dedicated cellar maintenance room and serve 16 individual beers at any bar in the whole Club from the new keg cool room.
This area also boasts innovative, efficient and sustainable features including an elevated loading dock, a Wi-Fi connected garbage compactor that can book its own waste pick up and the revolutionary Orca system which can turn waste into water.
But that may not be all that’s in store for the Canterbury League Club, future plans are being discussed for a hotel and residential apartments to grace the top of the Club.