Awaba House revitalisation

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Plans to revitalise Awaba House following a destructive fire in 2019 are continuing, with construction expected to start in July 2024. 

Based on community consultation, we are proceeding with plans to retain and restore the historically significant facade and features of the building, with a contemporary addition to the internal layout allowing for a modern hospitality and function space.

The project will deliver a vibrant dining experience for the city while creating a major drawcard for visitors and locals alike. It will include:

  • a function room overlooking the lake
  • a terrace area for outdoor dining
  • a kitchen and cafe space
  • a ceremony area
  • new footpath and landscaping.

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Project status

The tender to revitalise Lake Macquarie’s iconic Awaba House has been awarded to Australian company, Baseline Projects. 

Construction is expected to start on the $6 million build in July 2024. 

Project timeline

Timeframe  Details 
2020

 Community consultation

January-March 2021 Council procured BKA Architecture as the qualified design architectural design consultant to manage and coordinate the design to re-construct Awaba House, including a refreshed dining and function area.
March-October 2021 BKA Architecture worked with Council to develop a suitable design to reconstruct Awaba House.
November 2021-February 2023 Development application assessment and approval.
February 2023-June 2023 Construction certificate assessment and approval.
Late 2023-early 2024 Construction contractor procurement.
mid-2024 Construction starts
mid-2024 Expressions of interest open to lease function centre and dining space. 
2025 Awaba House opens to the public. 

Concept design

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Frequently asked questions

Will Awaba House be rebuilt as it was?

We’re proposing to retain and restore the historically significant external form and features of the building, with changes to the internal layout for a modern restaurant and function space - with a capacity to host 120 people. The plans also include a new terrace to the east of the building providing sheltered outdoor seating, where diners will be able to soak up the stunning lakeside vistas.

How did Council reach this concept design for the site? 

This preferred concept design was developed based on community consultation undertaken in 2020, as well as an assessment against Council’s Sustainability Policy criteria.

How was the community consulted during this process? 

Ensuring our community and key stakeholders are consulted in the decision-making process is our top priority.

In 2020, Council ran three phases of community consultation to gather feedback to inform the concept design for the future of Awaba House. As part of the consultation process, a Community Reference Group was formed to provide advice and guidance to help inform the design brief.

How did the fire start at Awaba House?

Fire and Rescue NSW attended Awaba House on Tuesday 20 August 2019. Following thorough investigations, Fire and Rescue NSW believe the fire may have started in the roof cavity of the building; however, advised the cause of the fire was ‘undetermined’ due to the scale of damage to the roof of the building. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Has there been any changes to the project timeline?

Due to increasing construction costs and the complex nature of retaining heritage elements, the Awaba House revitalisation project has experienced delays in construction. As a result of higher than anticipated tender prices, Council approved the reallocation of additional funds, keeping the delivery of the project as a priority for Council. Construction is expected to start in July 2024. 

Will the roofline be different to the original?

The concept design was developed based on community consultation undertaken in 2020. Council also engaged architectural and cultural heritage consultants to complete the detailed design. While the new roof will look a little different, the newer materials will aim to complement the original design. The structure will retain the chimney, windows and significant external walls.

 

 

 

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Location

First Street, Booragul 2284  View in Google Maps

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