The Park Avenue Hotel was built in 1960 by the late Darby Godwin. The opening was an historic event. More than 5000 locals attended, and ever since, Park Avenue Hotel has been an important monument. With reverence for the hotel’s significance to the community, TVS drafted a design to not only restore the hotel’s former glory, but to carry its appeal into the future.The project comprised the external refurbishment, interior design and fit out of the whole hotel including the Public Bar, Family Dining, Kids Room, Fine Dining, Wine Bar, Function Room, Boardroom, Gaming Room, Bars, toilets, kitchen and Bottle Shop. The hotel refurbishment was undertaken in 4 stages while the hotel continued to trade.
A cost-effective refurbishment of the existing building was achieved with minimal structural and services changes (retention of toilet, kitchen and bar positions) with façade changes as a new skin. Furthermore, the design had to incorporate existing elements of the hotel’s fabric such as cold rooms and timber, natural light into internal spaces and a way to open-up the building to the outside, as well as different places offing an alternative experience to accommodate different groups of people.
The brief was to design a quality hotel that people would want to come to, be proud of as a landmark in their community, and to provide a special experience that people would want to come back to again and again. The refurbished Park Avenue Hotel achieves that and more. It is a stylish, modern and visually attractive tavern for people to meet with friends and family to have a good time. Regulars were considered in the process, some of whom had been coming to the bar for 40 years, and they were impressed with the upgrade. In the wake of a 50 year history, the new design gives this hotel renewed significance within the community.