Awaba House revitalisation

  • Project typeArts and culture
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Plans to revitalise Awaba House following a destructive fire in 2019 are continuing.

Based on community consultation, we are proceeding with plans to retain and restore the historically significant external form and features of the building, with a contemporary addition and changes to the internal layout allowing for a modern cafe/restaurant/function space.

The project will deliver a more vibrant dining experience for our City while creating a major drawcard for visitors and locals alike.

We will continue to keep the community updated as we progress with this project.

Project timeline

Phase 1: consultation to shape concept design: 2020

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.

Phase 2: design consultant procurement: January-March 2021

We are seeking a suitably qualified design architectural design consultant to manage and coordinate the design to re-construct Awaba House as a combined café/dining and event/function centre.

Phase 3: design and preparation of Development Application: March-July 2021

The design consultant will work with Council to develop a suitable design to re-construct Awaba House. A Development Application submission will also be prepared to submit to Council for assessment. Due to the nature of the building and the heritage considerations required, the design and development application process is more complex than usual, resulting in additional time requirements for this phase.

Phase 4: development assessment: July 2021-February 2022

The development application will be assessed for approval. 

Phase 5: designs for Construction Certificate and approval of construction documentation: February-July 2022

If development approval is granted, detailed design documentation will be developed and a construction certificate obtained.  

Phase 6: construction contractor procurement: July-October 2022

We will call for tenders from suitably qualified contractors to undertake construction of Awaba House.

Phase 7: construction: October 2022-April 2023

Construction will be undertaken by the successful contractor. Works will be undertaken in a way to minimise impacts on the nearby Museum of Art and Culture, where possible.

Engagement summary and report

Thank you to everyone that took part in our community consultation in 2020 about the future of Awaba House.

In Phase 3, more than 200 people took part in an online survey, which helped us better understand the community’s feelings towards a concept design for the site. Some of the key themes identified through this consultation included ensuring the facade is restored, the diversity of food offerings in the area, connection with the original building, retention of interior elements and considerations for covered outdoor seating and walking/cycling infrastructure.

The design brief for Awaba House has been updated to reflect feedback received. A detailed engagement summary is available below.

Phase 3: Engagement Summary(PDF, 5MB)

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. The plans also include a small kiosk and 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 come to reach this concept 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.

What is the process for rebuilding Awaba House?

The process for rebuilding a local heritage building is complex; however, we are doing everything we can to expedite this process. The process will be completed in seven phases.

Phase
Indicative timeline

Phase 1: consultation to shape concept design

2020 (complete)

Phase 2: design consultant procurement

January-March 2021

Phase 3: design and preparation of Development Application

March-July 2021

Phase 4: development assessment

July 2021-February 2022

Phase 5: Construction Certificate design and approval of construction documentation

February-July 2022

Phase 6: construction contractor procurement

July-October 2022

Phase 7: construction

October 2022-April 2023

Is there anyway Council can speed up the process?

Council is required to work to the statutory approval process in the same manner as any other developer is required to. Staff have accelerated the timeline as much as practical to streamline the design and development approval period.

How did the fire start at Awaba House?

Fire and Rescue NSW attended Awaba House on Tuesday 20 August. 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.

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Contact details

Principal Project Officer, Bohdan Laforest
02 4921 0333

Location

First Street, Booragul 2284  View in Google Maps

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