Wembley Golf Course Redevelopment
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A redevelopment of the hospitality precinct at the Wembley Golf Course is underway.
Check out the video below to see the start of works, the demolition of the old Fairways Tavern.
The new toilets, showers and change facilities have opened to the public. The new kiosk, function rooms and restaurant/bar are nearing completion for Spices to commence fit-out. We still anticipate a mid-2016 opening.
The contractor for the miniature golf and playground works has commenced construction planning and we anticipate works commencing mid-May 2016 with a Spring 2016 completion date.
Council at its 22 March meeting approved the selection of a construction contractor, Horizon West, to build a new miniature golf course, children's playground and significant landscaping improvements to complement the new hospitality works currently underway. It is expected these facilities will open in Spring 2016. Complementing these works will be construction of golfer practice facilities including putting greens and chipping sand traps.
Works are progressing with building expected to be completed by mid-April 2016. Completion of the roof to the main building is expected this month.
When building works are complete hospitality operator, Spices, will finalise their fitout with the new facilities expected to open to the public by late-June 2016.
Eight (8) tenders were received for construction of the new miniature golf course facility and playground. Tenders currently being assessed and recommendation will be made to the March 2016 meeting of Council.
Works are progressing. Some issues have been experienced which will delay the opening of the new toilets and changerooms until early 2016.
However, the overall program for a completion by mid-2016 is on target.
Tenders are being called for construction of the miniature golf course and playground to allow these works to be complete in line with completion of the hospitatlity precinct.
Very good progress is being made.
We anticipate the new public toilets and change rooms will be open for Christmas and the new kiosk will commence trading early in the new year.
The new gazebo erected near the temporary food and beverage outlet is now open for the enjoyment of visitors to the golf course.
Changes to the Tuart Golf Course, in preparation for the new practice areas and miniature golf course, are nearing completion.
1 September 2015
Works are progressing well with basement level of new building poured and change room pad being prepared for concrete pour.
All works are currently on schedule.
29 July 2015
Demolition of Fairways Tavern is complete and basement construction works have started.
Clubhouse Catering have erected a marque to provide an undercover eating area for patrons who can buy food and beverages from the temporary pop-up shop facilities.
1 July 2015
The walls of the old Fairways Tavern came tumbling down today, marking the start of works to build the new hospitality precinct.
Local musician Keith McDonald was on hand to play a tune as the first bricks fell. Keith played to packed houses at Fairways on Friday and Saturday nights through the 80s.
To commemorate the demolition a video has been made that takes a look at the history of the old tavern and looks forward to the exciting new precinct set to open in mid-2016.
29 June 2015
The temporary toilets/changerooms and pop-up shop for food and beverages facilities are now complete and fully operational.
The demolition team is due to move in on 1 July when the old Fairways tavern will be torn down to make way for the new hospitality building.
First job will be construction of new toilets and changerooms, which should be ready by Christmas this year, with the new kiosk expected to be ready early in the new year.
Hospitality operator, Clubhouse Catering, are progressing their interior design in readiness for when the building is handed over to them.
Plans for the miniature golf and playground are well progressed and will be presented to the July 2015 Council meeting for endorsement.
All hospitality facilities, including miniature golf, are on track to open in July 2016.
6 May 2015
Firm Construction will start work later this month, following the recent approval of their construction management plans.
Their first project will be to construct temporary facilities for food and beverage, and changerooms/toilets for the golf course patrons to use during the construction phase.
It's expected demolition of the old tavern will happen in June.
Design of the miniature golf course is continuing.
Council, at its 24 March 2015 meeting, awarded an $8.1m contract to Firm Construction to build the new hospitality precinct, which will incorporate:
The construction cost will be fully funded from revenue the new precinct generates.
At the same meeting Council appointed experienced hospitality operators, Spices Group WA, to provide food and beverage services to the new precinct.
Works on the development are due to start mid-2015 and take around 12 months to complete.
During the construction phase a temporary pop-up food and beverage facility will be located next to the Pro Shop.
Design of the miniature golf is progressing well, with the view to this facility being available at the same time as the hospitality precinct is complete.
Council approved tenders be called for construction of the new hospitality facilities, amenities, landscaping and car parks. Tender will be advertised first week of January 2015 and close in mid February.
Subject to a satisfactory tender process, a builder could be appointed as early as March 2015 with work to start soon thereafter.
Building construction tender to be called at the end of October, subject to Council approval.
Tender documents nearing completion.
Detailed design complete.
Negotiations continuing with the two shortlisted hospitality operators.
Council consider Expressions of Interest from five hospitality operators and agree to enter into negotiations with two shortlisted operators.
Council agree Expressions of Interest be called for an experienced hospitality operator to lease the new facilities at the Wembley Golf Course.
Council considers feedback from nearly 380 community consultation submissions and approves concept designs (including miniature golf and playground) be developed to final plans and costings, for Council approval before calling tenders.
Read the Council Report here
Council agrees a single storey development (with undercroft service area) has better outcomes for the Town, customers and the operator of the facility.
Community invited to comment on the proposed single storey concept.
Nearby residents and golfers surveyed on what facilities they would like to see at Wembley Golf Course.
Over 500 respondents support many of the ideas in the concept design including improved food and beverage facilities.
Read the Wembley Golf Course survey results report here
From the survey results, GresleyAbas Architects proceed to develop a schematic design for the proposed facilities.
Council appointed GresleyAbas Architects to design the new facilities.
Concept designs developed.
What will the development look like?
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Background to the project
For several years the Wembley Golf Course has been the subject of extensive redevelopment.
The first project to be completed was the construction of a state-of-the-art driving range, 'The Swing', which opened in August 2010.
The second stage of the redevelopment is to transform the hospitality precinct at the golf course into a family friendly centre complete with:
The decision to redevelop the hospitality area was taken as the existing precinct is tired, out-dated and needs to be modernised. Refurbishing would be expensive and would not provde anything extra, whereas redeveloping presents an opportunity to:
- deliver a precinct that offers something to golfers, families and the broader community;
- promote golf to the next generation by providing a miniature golf course suitable for all ages; and
- improve the financial performance of the course.
It's estimated the hospitality project will cost around $11 million - $8.2m on the building, $1.5m on landscaping, services and extending the car park; and $1.3m for the miniature golf course.
Stage 1 Complete - All about The Swing
After five years of extensive research into driving range development, the $12million 'The Swing' opened in August 2010.
The development was officially opened by Mayor Simon Withers, with support from golf professional Nick O'Hern on 25 November 2010.
A $12 million course upgrade endorsed by Council in April 2009 paved the way for the development of The Swing Driving Range - the largest driving range in the southern hemisphere.
The two storey, 80-bay driving range comes complete with touch screens that allow patrons to adjust the tee-height, with golf balls automatically re-teed every six seconds. The Swing has a state-of-the-art teaching room featuring launch monitors and putting analysis so golfers can refine their swing. There are also outdoor practice chipping greens.
Other features of The Swing include radio frequency identification cards and a Central Control System to record usage patterns. A central piazza has been created with an alfresco area for over 200 patrons.
To support these improvements a new entry road and extra carparking has been provided.
Finally, the development introduces a newly built Pro-Shop, and Swing View Function Room which isavailable for hire for social or corporate events.