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The Australian Hotel and Brewery

Microbrewery proves to be a 'smash hit' with the locals

Australian Brewery - Balmain - Sandstocks

A large smash repairs workshop situated in the Sydney suburb of Rouse Hill is successfully transformed into one of the districts' most inviting and exciting entertainment venues - the Australian Hotel & Brewery. Using Balmain from the PGH Crafted Sandstocks collection delivered the texture, colour and uniqueness that can only be achieved with a genuine Crafted Sandstocks brick. The selected face bricks delivered the richness and warmth that was crucial to creating the friendly and enticing atmosphere to be achieved by the venue. Low maintenance and long-term durability of the product also added to this decision,

Ray Brown, building designer for the project explains "The existing structure was essentially a large open plan, metal-clad shed, that encased an expansive concrete slab which literally provided the foundation for the venues final layout and design". Ray adds "Working with what effectively was a blank canvas afforded us both the freedom and opportunity to create a multi-purpose venue that would satisfy the diverse needs of an increasing sophisticated clientèle".

The decision to use face brick was threefold, firstly, because the existing structure was already clad with metal sheeting, using brickwork as an internal lining material created a 'reverse brick veneer' which proved advantageous of the thermal mass properties inherent in clay brickwork; potentially reducing energy demands for both heating, cooling and creating a more comfortable environment for patrons of the venue.

The Australian Brewery and Hotel opened its doors in July 2010, and the resulting interior design is a testament to the vision of the management team and designers that worked on the project. The combination of face brick, glass, recycled timber and the stunning concrete formed bar work seamlessly to create a contemporary environment that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

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