Thursday, May 30, 2024

Murray Shire names contractor for iconic hotel redevelopment

Western Australia’s Shire of Murray Council has awarded a $6.73 million construction contract for the redevelopment of the municipality’s iconic Exchange Hotel in Pinjarra.

Devlyn Construction, which has bases in Canning Vale and Bunbury, won the contract and is expected to begin work on the site from 17 April.

The company has a long history in Western Australia in the heritage and hospitality spaces. It has specialised in commercial construction for more than 30 years, and recent projects include The Goose Beach Bar & Kitchen in Busselton, COAST in Port Beach, and the Allied Mills heritage refurbishment in North Fremantle.

“It has been a detailed process to find the right developer to help us make the Exchange Hotel into a regional destination pub again,” said Council CEO, Dean Unsworth.

“We’re thrilled we’ve attracted a builder keen to work on such an exciting project, and one who has the experience needed on a heritage scheme of this calibre.”

South West General Manager of Devlyn Construction, Matthew Hall said the company was thrilled to be involved in the redevelopment of the iconic venue.

“We have extensive experience delivering projects right across Western Australia in both the hospitality and heritage sectors… We will apply our relevant experience and knowledge to benefit this truly unique building,” he said.

Council says the redevelopment of the Exchange Hotel will create a regional icon and destination hospitality venue to be enjoyed by local people and to increase visitation to Pinjarra and the Murray Region.

The building, parts of which date back to 1866, will undergo its transformation over the next 12 months and will be open by Autumn 2024, Council said.

The new Exchange Hotel will be a contemporary and relaxed hospitality and beverage venue serving around 600 people and showcasing the best of the region’s fresh produce.

There will be flexible indoor and outdoor spaces including a multi-purpose events space adaptable for private events, community events, conferences and weddings.

Artist impressions of the redeveloped site.

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