showcasing an extensive use of recycled timber
Australia’s newest and largest pub was officially opened on 2nd April 2011. The outstanding development was the inspiration of the environmentally conscious family owned Comiskey Group. Australia’s “Monster Pub” has 100 beer taps surpassed in Queensland only by Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba!
Development commenced in the midst of the global financial crisis. Robert Comiskey of the Comiskey Group stated that he had confidence in the area and decided to take a “leap of faith” by getting the project underway, “GFC or not!”
The hotel, which is set to employ an estimated 150 staff, is without a doubt built to impress. Sprawling some 7500sqm, the hotel includes four levels, eight bars, and a 2500 person capacity rock arena. Project architect Keith Hudson said they had focused on “trying to get away from that air conditioned, sealed box” feeling typical in buildings like this, by “introducing more of a subtropical Queensland architecture.”
In keeping with this architectural design intent, Kennedy’s timbers were the natural choice. Premium Classic Aged Timbers were chosen specifically and used extensively throughout the development.
Timber employed included over 18,000 lineal metres of decorative timbers and over 2000 lineal metres of structural feature timbers, faithfully supporting the architects vision, while maintaining the client’s budget. Impressive design and the extensive use of recycled timbers have created a range of spaces that are comfortable, stress free, and very typically Queensland.
Beautiful hardwood cladding lines the ceilings in parts, accompanied by rich Spotted Gum Eco Lay flooring, creating wonderfully relaxed spaces undeniably meant for dining and enjoying the company of others.
Feature posts and beams, crafted from redundant power poles, enhance open air spaces and continue the thoughtful use of natural elements throughout.
Kennedy’s K-FAB laminated timber provides beautiful robust and functional main serving bar tops and dry bars throughout the hotel.
At every turn, Kennedy’s handcrafted tables (internal, external, and coffee), all fashioned from hand selected recycled timbers with superbly rich patina and warm colour palettes, enhance the relaxed and hassle-free décor of this quintessential Queensland pub.
A central feature of the hotel is an enormous 150-year-old Fig tree. Thousands of dollars were spent saving the tree by building around the old Fig. No more impressive than from the rooftop bar where it steals the show.
The development will also feature a world class function facility. Stage two of development includes a planned 120-room accommodation tower along with a large shopping precinct anchored by a major supermarket.