OUR CLUBS | New dining spaces, indoor kids' playground and theatre at Liverpool Catholic Club

Liverpool Catholic Club's new food precinct has opened to members and guests, with a two-level extension on the south-west corner of the existing Hoxton Park Road building adding a new range of food outlets, kids' play facilities, dining and entertainment facilities.

The food-services extension has a brasserie, café, pizza and burgers plus children's meals, kids' play area, conference and function spaces and a theatre. Behind the scenes, the refurbishment involves extensive back-of-house work, including new kitchens, bakery, cold rooms, freezers and store rooms -- all served by a new loading dock.

"We wanted to expand our food offering and our back-of-house was dated and hadn't been upgraded in 30 years," said the club's general manager John Turnbull. "Now, the kitchen will not only accommodate our current needs but those well into the future."

Liverpool is growing fast and we need to grow with it.

MCHAEL COFFEY, President, Liverpool Catholic Club

Just opened is the 150-seater Daily Shot café, The Slice of Life pizza, Jellyfish Gelato and Laneway Bar. Construction continues and ultimately the new facilities will comprise seating for up to 750, including up to 250 at Hoxton Brasserie.

For the younger ones, the indoor kids' play area features experiential play equipment, a unique offering all under one air-conditioned roof making it ideal for summer. The play area includes rope structures, climbing activities and a two-and-a-half-storey slide. There's a separate play space with a range of activities for littlies. Another renovation highlight is the new 275-seat theatre which can be used as a cinema or for presentations, conferences and corporate events.

It was a major undertaking for the club, which included demolition and a major extension to existing space, and generating 6000 square metres of new area and refurbishment of 1300 square metres of existing area. The club originally announced the development in 2016 and got council approval at the end of the following year. Following a competitive tender process, Kane Constructions was appointed builder for the $38-million project, with the total cost coming in at $45 million.

Extra help was provided by consultants Census Advisory, Altis Architecture, Northrop Engineers, Sparks & Partners and Wood Day Architects. The project was undertaken in two stages, with stage 1 just completed and the final stage due for completion next April.

"It's a significant investment in our club and its future," said the club president Michael Coffey. "Liverpool is growing fast and we need to grow with it."

The completion of stage 1 adds to other recent works at the club, including the refurbishment of the existing Mercure, and the addition of the new Mercure Tower, making a total of 192 rooms.