Meet our Building Committee

The Building Committee was established and endorsed by the Executive Committee in 2017 to drive the planning and delivery of the redevelopment of our Club House.
The Building Committee is made up of members with diverse backgrounds in project management, property development, building and construction, fit-out and lighting design, stakeholder and community engagement, and activation and venue management.

Chris Harper

CHAIR

Matthew Vaughan

Liam Petrie-Allbutt

Bec McHenry

Andrew Pitney

Meet our Architects

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Graeme Burrows and the team at Jackson Clements Burrows as our architects on this project.

JCB have delivered numerous community projects over the last 20 years, and our team shares a genuine commitment to enriching communities through exemplar civic, cultural and public realm spaces. We have completed significant projects across Victoria, many of them within sensitive foreshore environments including the St Kilda Foreshore Promenade, Keast Park Community Pavilion and Bowls Club and the South Melbourne Life Saving Club to name a few.’

We sat down with Principal Graeme Burrows to get his thoughts on their experience on the project so far.

1) Can you share a memorable moment for you in the project so far?

Presenting the unexpected revised building geometry- a triangular building footprint – to the Project Control Group, and experiencing the reaction as new opportunities opened up and became apparent through discussion and exploration. This geometry has been conceived in response to the site and club’s functional brief, and we love that it’s a bit different, offering a unique facility and playful landscape space to the Club and community.

2) What you think members will love about the new club house?

The new facility has been designed with a civic generosity that flows through the building and landscape, to support a variety of club and community functions and events. But it also creates a warm and domestic feel through the extensive use of timber cladding and decking, and internal and external lounge areas that we hope members of all ages will love and use throughout all seasons.

3) Name one challenge, sharing with us how you worked with the Building Committee to overcome it.

Staying on track with the project budget, while meeting all of the club’s requirements, has been a challenge. We have worked hard with the committee through collaborative and enjoyable workshops, to maintain a high-quality outcome that meets all of the club’s aspirations. We can’t wait to see work start on site!

Meet our project managers:

PDS Group have been supporting us with project management services from day one.

PDS Group provides a breadth of experience in all major property sectors from conception to completion. Their team is made up of established property professionals who are focused on the quality outcomes for all projects.

PDS Group manages all aspects of a development from concept and feasibility, site selection through to project delivery and completion. Our client focused service, delivered by exceptionally qualified staff keeps PDS Group at the forefront of project services.

Eamon McErvale is a Senior Project Manager at PDS Group who has been driving our project with the Building Committee. He has worked on a wide range of projects including Melbourne CBD’s tallest tower, community projects and retail precincts.

We sat down with Eamon to get his thoughts on his experience on the project so far.

1) Can you share a memorable moment for you in the project so far?

 Presenting the resolved design to the club’s committee last year prior to proceeding to tender. The passion for the project in the room was infectious – its was great to see the hard work of all the club members culminate in an amazing design. 

2) What you think members will love about the new club house?

 The multi-purpose room with the bar and deck. The design team and building committee spent many hours refining the area to deliver what will become a fantastic amenity for the club – I definitely intend to visit for a drink once it’s up and running!

3) Name one challenge, sharing with us how you worked with the Building Committee to overcome it.

The biggest challenge for the project was ensuring the club house served a number of different purposes – function centre, training venue, administration facility, storage and wash down area, etc. The design team with the assistance of the building committee (who were able to give a great insight into the club’s needs) collaborated regularly to provide a flexible building. 

Meet our Builder:

We are proud to be working with Lyons Constructions, based locally in Geelong.

The Lyons family company has been constructing the highest quality projects for over three generations – adapting to change by thinking creatively, accepting possibilities, and championing new innovations.

Check out some of the great projects they have delivered to achieve incredible results for other community and educational organisations within and around the Bellarine: