Newcastle Club to get lavish makeover

NEWCASTLE’S most exclusive club is set to undergo a $1.2 million makeover, according to documents on public exhibition.

The Newcastle Club has lodged an application to revamp the heritage-listed clubhouse and the adjoining Claremont House on Newcomen Street. The proposal includes the construction of a gymnasium, a members’ wine cellar and other facilities.

‘‘Modern lifestyles demand suitable facilities without which certain areas on the club may become less attractive to members,’’ the application said.

‘‘The club board wishes to consolidate and extend areas in which business attire might suitably be worn, and also to maximise the attractiveness of the clubhouse by making the best use of its ambience and assets.’’

Under the plans, a new three-storey structure would be built at the western edge of the clubhouse building, at the site currently used for storage.

This would include cellar facilities, a relocated formal members’ bar, wine bar and lounge, casual dining area, kitchen and cool room, and a terrace area.

The existing liquor storerooms would be transformed into an informal function area, while the members’ bar and billiards room would be converted into a gym with male and female change rooms.

A second stage of the project, which would not commence until the first stage was completed, is planned to include the refurbishment of the existing under-utilised bar on the lower-ground floor.

Accommodation areas will be replaced with a board room, a new billiards room, a lounge and library during the second stage. Most of the remaining accommodation would have ensuites installed.

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