Born from the ashes of the razed 100 year old grazier’s (cocky’s) club, the Longreach Club attempts to reinstate a building derived from the traditional 'monolithic' homestead roof form that reflects & compliments its surrounds in a contemporary manner.
The 1800m2 north-east facing corner site sits prominently in the centre of Longreach in Central Western Queensland.
Great care was taken to handle both street elevations within its neighbouring context reflecting a more traditional rural vernacular without having to crudely replicate period detailing & styling.
Externally the juxtaposition of zincalume sheeting for both wall and roof cladding, timber battens, rendered blockwork and compressed F.C. sheeted walls provided relief and articulation to the street elevations. Internally plasterboard, commercial carpet tiles, timber flooring, ceramic tiles, vinyl flooring, natural timber veneers, and patterned stainless steel provided a stately yet contemporary finish.
With no contingency allowed for by the client, any cost variations during construction were offset by savings in design changes, thus neutralising a potential blowout / shortfall at completion. With a total GFA of 820m2, the final construction rate of less than $1,600/m2 (including fitout) is incredibly efficient in comparison to similar commercial projects of its type.
With a close relationship between Client, Architect and Builder, the Longreach Club is testimony to good design outcomes versus budgetary constraints, client trust in their Architect, and builder competence.