Establishment Hotel

This project comprised the redevelopment and adaptive re-use of the old George Patterson House Building that had been previously damaged by fire.  The remaining original timber and brick structure was retained and the building was extended to its previous form with new construction over.

The building now houses a mixture of bars, clubs and restaurants with a 5 star hotel over.

The recently refurbished old George Patterson building contains 33 guest rooms, two penthouse suits, a private gymnasium and a number of award winning bars and restaurants.

The building was gutted by fire in 1996 and the project involved the reconstruction of the burnt out heritage structure and the construction of a new 10 storey building linked to the existing structure.

  • Robert Bird Group added significant value to the project, including the following innovations:
  • Construction of a 10 storey building adjacent to and linked to existing building
  • Refurbishment and adaptive reuse of existing timber, masonry structures and cast iron structural elements

Reuse of original structural elements and systems including:

  • Cast iron columns and connections
  • Masonry arch floors
  • Heritage timber floors

Project Value:     
$40 million
Environmental Performance:
4 Star Greenstar
4.5 Star AGBR
The Merivale Group

Crone Partners
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Construction Engineering

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Robert Bird Group provide outstanding innovative and buildable structural design solutions in all sectors across the globe.


Robert Bird Group’s Civil Engineers provide engineering design services from concept and planning through detailed design on to construction and maintenance, with the potential for ongoing management and advice for the operating life of a project.


We are fortunate that many fine buildings have been preserved in our cities, whether of architectural merit or of particular cultural significance, including former industrial uses.


Hotels take many forms, from newly constructed individual buildings to boutique or heritage conversions. They may be combined with other uses in a mixed-use development, perhaps vertically stacked within a single building,

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