Go behind the screens of Commonwealth Hotel restoration

Following the announcement that the demolition phase of the Commonwealth Hotel restoration project in the Nicholas Street Precinct is now finished and construction has commenced, Ipswich City Council is inviting you to take a look behind the screens through a new series on Ipswich First designed to keep you up to date by showing you what is happening at the beloved watering hole.

The project is tracking well towards its practical completion date of January (end of construction, not fit out) with two separate areas now starting to take shape including the first-floor amenities, and the gaming room, which sits underneath what will be the beer garden and become the entry point from the rear car park.

The image above shows work taking place on the Commonwealth Hotel. Click on the interactive highlighted markers for more information about points of interest.

The scaffolding and form work for the gaming room floor is almost complete, and underneath you can see glimpses of what will be the hotel’s keg and cool room.

Once the form work is complete, steel reinforcing will be added and the concrete poured, this should take place in the next week.

The gaming room is at the same level as the rear car park and access to the beer garden above will be through stairs or a lift, both of which you can see starting to emerge.

The image above shows work taking place on the Commonwealth Hotel. Click on the interactive highlighted marker for more information about this section of work.

Up two levels on the side of the old Commonwealth Hotel, the foundation for the first-floor amenities has also been formed up, with steel reinforcing already in place and concrete is due to be poured this week.

Take a 360-degree look around the work taking place at the Commonwealth Hotel. Use the compass icon to navigate and plus or minus icons to zoom in and out.

From the street, you can’t see the exciting changes taking place in this historic building, so as works continue, you can watch the progress right here on Ipswich First.

Also read:

>> Lost theatres of Ipswich to be remembered in new Venue design

>> Demolition makes way for new era at iconic hotel

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