Case study: Club Refurbishment

How CMBM delivered a complete club refurbishment to a fully operational hotel and bar, across an 11-week period

Our Building Services team work with you to project manage and deliver your venue refurbishment. We work with architects and designers and offer flexible options, such as room-by-room renovations. Your refurbishment doesn’t have be difficult.

“We were extremely impressed by how CMBM managed the refurbishment for the Waterloo Bay Hotel. They are great problem solvers and communicators and made the entire process so easy! CMBM saved us time and resources by ensuring the construction did not interfere with the operational bar and accommodation throughout the entire project.

I have no hesitation in recommending CMBM for club refurbishments and will approach them for future works.”

Justin Ham, Owner, Waterloo Bay Hotel

CMBM were engaged to complete a full design and construction refurbishment project for the Waterloo Bay Hotel. Over an 11-week period, CMBM renovated the interior sports bar and outdoor beer garden, whilst the hotel’s bar and accommodation remained fully operational throughout the project.             

As one of the first significant buildings to be constructed in the Wynnum area, the Waterloo Bay Hotel is a heritage listed icon. The beautiful shape and design of the exterior remain an iconic symbol on Berima Street in Wynnum. The interior of the hotel, however, required a more modern aesthetic to suit the energy and vibe of the pub and its patrons.

How CMBM managed the refurbishment without interruption to the hotel’s business

The hotel was to remain fully operational for both patrons and hotel guests staying in the upstairs building. Throughout the project, we worked closely with management to ensure minimal disruption to the clientele, completing works during daytime hours to keep noise to a minimum.

We carried out the refurbishments one room at a time, starting with the sports bar and then moving onto the beer garden. This ensured the client did not have to close their operations throughout the refurbishment period, and that their guests could still enjoy the facilities.

We stripped the building back to the interior concrete walls and installed new flooring, bars and fixtures to create a modern yet versatile aesthetic. The older-style windows, which were held in place with bricks, were fully replaced to ensure the original design remained untouched.

Working with an older building, unforeseen termite damage, telecommunication and wiring issues arose throughout the course of the project. CMBM managed these accordingly to ensure project completion was not delayed. This included carrying out plumbing, lighting, refrigeration and air-conditioning works.


Our client was very impressed with the results of the refurbishment and the fact that they did not have to lose business throughout the 11-week refurbishment period. They were also pleased to report that following the renovation, they saw their revenue triple. The hotel also went on to win Triple M’s Pub of the Year, receiving 52% of the votes!

Breathing new life into your club doesn’t have to be hard, or disruptive. Let our qualified building services team manage your refurbishment.

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