141 Brebner Drive, West Lakes
Studio Nine Architects
Early Contractor Engagement
$1M - $3M
Situated right on the edge of the West Lake foreshore
The newly refurbished Lakes Hotel in South Australia offers a relaxing experience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The colours, textures, and nautical references invoke a distinct atmospheric ambience and acknowledgement of the waterfront.
The base building upgrades and fitout offers hotel patrons several convivial and fresh common areas including a gaming room, sports bar, café, and sports lounge.
Constructed under our Early Contractor Engagement model, and completed within a strict 23-week programme, Schiavello offered constructability advice with trade coordination to deliver the project within the projected timeline and budget.
An innovative approach to utilising an open layout
Established in 1985, the existing facility was in need of freshening up in order to appeal to 21st Century guests. The project saw the relocation of several key areas to enhance the hotel experience. One key driver was to provide an updated sports bar while maximising both front-of-bar trade and café facilities.
The new layout demonstrates an innovative approach to how the large open plan space is utilised.
The Lakes Hotel Bar now provides modern gaming and sports bar facilities including a behemoth five-meter super screen with complementing premium audio. The engineered ceiling system has strong acoustic properties, keeping the noise – and ambience – separate from the adjoining dining areas. The area is also serviced by a large double-sided bar, making it the perfect destination to watch games.
A 23-week programme within a live environment
As patrons move through the communal spaces, the overall design and construction portrays a depth of space and serves multiple functionalities. While each zone serves a different purpose, similar materials and details reappear throughout the larger space accentuating a consistency of design.
While the completed project is immaculate, Director and State Manager of Schiavello SA Construction, Luke Steele comments that coordinating a live environment and multiple construction stages presented challenges; “Throughout each stage of renovation, we prioritized the hotel’s daily operations. Ensuring minimal disruption to hotel guests and maintaining ‘business as usual’ required great foresight.”
“The project was constructed to a challenging programme within a challenging budget – but it has been a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the transformation of the Lakes Hotel,” adds Luke.