Some of the most character rich pubs are in old historic buildings located in urban neighbourhoods that have developed over decades. Gregory Hills is a brand new destination venue on a greenfield site in a neighbourhood that has only existed for a few years. With no urban context or traditional old building to be inspired by; the design innovation needed to be developed from scratch. We managed to design the venue as a simple and efficient building with interiors that are bursting with character and appeal. The final venue is simply a lovely pub to be in. It has all the character of a traditional pub with warm intimate areas within a large new structure.
This pub is not simply a box that was decorated to look like a themed pub. The architecture of the pavilions plays are large part in the aesthetics of the interior. This is showcased in expression of the steel structure where it has been painted green in the main lounge as well as the decorative nature of the face brick which is features both externally and internally. The volume of the raked ceiling in areas offer a light outdoor appeal in the terrace areas while offering full weather protection. In contrast intimate seating zones were created with lower ceiling where rich timbers have been used extensively.
The overall plan stems from the need for efficiency and ease of operation. The central , double sided bar services both the sports bar as well as the main lounge , bistro and outdoor terrace. While encouraging morphing of areas between the bistro, lounge and outdoor terraces, the sports bar and gaming have their own identity and privacy. Kids play area is easily accessible from the bistro yet removed from other areas so that both family areas and more adult zones can co-exist happily. It’s easy to orientate yourself within the venue with the strong visual sightlines to the bar, feature outdoor area and bistro servery. Back of house and servicing has also been considered to maximise floor space efficiency and limit waste.