Ballina RSL Club

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APP has provided the Ballina RSL Club with Civil and Structural Engineering services as well as Town Planning and Survey support for 20 years. During this time, we have helped the Club establish its strategic development plans for its commercial holdings as well as being their engineers and planners for a range of development and refurbishment projects.


The Brief:
The client came to us wanting vertically integrated design and planning services to provide high quality, value for money structural and civil solutions for a range of community and commercial building programs. The works have involved:

  • The $6m refurbishment of the entire Club
  • The $1m Riverside Boardwalk around the Club
  • The $3m expansion to the gaming and community meeting rooms

Key Challenges:
The key challenges we could see for this project were providing a riverside boardwalk which suited community needs, as well as protecting the club’s security and budget requirements.

Providing structural solutions for the refurbishment and expansion contracts to a modified building form, which had not been previously well documented.

We overcame these challenges by the development of a range of maritime solutions, costing them and discussing suitability with all stakeholders. APP subsequently called tenders and supervised the construction of the adopted boardwalk solution.

For the refurbishment and expansion projects the solution was to establish core structural solutions which had redundancy and flexibility worked into the detail for amendment during construction. This, coupled with a close working relationship with the builder and architect during construction overcame the unforeseen structural problems typical of refurbishment work

Key Features:
The key features/points of difference to mention of the project are the development of value for money maritime solution which met community and client requirement, and delivery of on time and on budget building projects for complex refurbishment and expansion projects in a large operating club environment.

APP's Role:
Ardill Payne & Partners were responsible for the Civil and Structural Engineering, Survey and Town Planning, and also supplied Project Management services for the maritime component.

With involvement in Master Planning, Regulatory Planning, Design and Construction processes, the projects of upgrading the premises extended from 2 to 3 years.

The overall budget for the projects was $10m.

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