The Highlander was originally a small local tavern offering pub food with a bottle shop. The new owners commissioned our design and engineering services to renovate, alter and add to the original structure.
Our services for the project included design and structural engineering, technical drafting and preliminary planning approvals. The owner was involved in the concept design phase, fittings, fixtures and finishes selections and onsite project management.
The inside bar and fireplace were renovated, commercial kitchen completely upgraded and a new outdoor bar was added to service a very large new deck. The restaurant now has 90 covers (seats) with outdoor dining looking out to a picturesque mountain backdrop and gardens. The outdoor bar and deck were specially designed to cater for large functions.
A development approval from the Tablelands Regional Council was achieved although the large size of the new functions deck triggered some complications. The complications required a ‘material change of use’ development application. There was an additional need to provide onsite water storage for fire hazards, and large storage tanks are located under the deck. Also, the carpark area was re-configured to allow for buses and 50 car parks and required sealing over time.