Today Harbord Diggers marked the commencement of major building works, signalling the official start of the biggest project in Club history.
Mounties Group President Kevin Ingram launched the start of construction on the site alongside appointed builders MPA who have been contracted to complete work on a temporary club, before the early work construction and excavation for the new club commences in 2016.
“Today was the first time a builder has been on the site since 1998 when redevelopment discussions for Harbord Diggers first began and marks a very exciting time in our club’s history,” said Mr Ingram.
“I know that I speak on behalf of the Mounties Group and Harbord Diggers team when I say that this day has been greatly anticipated and we were excited to mark the commencement of the building works today.
“The temporary club venue will form part of the bigger picture of the club’s redevelopment as we start to make way for the new Harbord Diggers,” Mr Ingram said.
Acknowledging that a two-year construction period and honouring its promise to continue to serve the local community throughout, Mounties Group and the management of Harbord Diggers are boldly investing $5m in a temporary club that will soon become a modern yet relaxed meeting place for members and guests.
The temporary club – due for opening in March 2016 – will be located in the south-east corner of the existing club building and will see key member areas maintained, as well as the introduction of a brand new food and beverage rooftop venue that will have views stretching across the Freshwater headland.
“It’s important that our members and guests have a space to enjoy while our permanent club works take place and our temporary club has been designed to provide just that,” said General Manager of Harbord Diggers, Mr Dale Hunt.
The new Harbord Diggers redevelopment was approved in December 2014 and will see the club develop into a modern precinct with multiple uses that serves the entire community.
“With this development Mounties Group is challenging the way people look at registered clubs in Australia,” Mr Hunt stated.
“The design of the new Harbord Diggers celebrates the core reason that clubs were first created – providing a venue of social inclusion that recognises and caters to every generation and all walks of life.”
The new Harbord Diggers intergenerational hub will incorporate a new club with bars, cafes, three restaurants and community meeting areas, along with a state of the art fitness centre, aquatic centre, childcare facility and 96 luxury independent living apartments for over 55s.
“The new Harbord Diggers will be the first of its kind in the world offering true intergenerational living where people of all ages will meet, socialise and interact, and as a not for profit social enterprise, the club will put all its profits back into the local community,” Mr Hunt concluded.
Harbord Diggers will remain open throughout the development of both the temporary club and the new Harbord Diggers. For information on upcoming promotions and events, visit www.harborddiggers.com.au.
Release courtesy of Mounties Group - Harbord Diggers