After three years of extensive development, Melbourne based architecture practice ROTHELOWMAN has completed a $10M dramatic restoration and extension of the iconic Flinders Hotel in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Designed and executed in three stages, the vision for the site is now fully realised, with the final stage of the project, the boutique hotel facility Quarters, commencing trading in late 2012.
The completion of the redevelopment sees the Flinders Hotel once again trading as a dynamic pub, dining room, conference and function centre and hotel, generating a unique presence in the township that has been quick to resonate with visiting patrons and Flinders locals alike.
Originally built in 1889 as a large double storey building to house up to 100 guests, the first Flinders Hotel tragically burnt down in 1926. Rebuilt and re-opened in 1928, the hotel has undergone a number of renovations and adaptions catering to the evolving needs of the local community and visiting guests since then.
Purchased by the Inge family in 2008, the Hotel soon began what was to be its most significant changes since its rebuild in the 1920s. Commencing in 2009, ROTHELOWMAN and owner and builder Zig Inge completed The Deck, a bistro and bar space comprised of 80 indoor and 80 outdoor settings. Following The Deck, a more formal restaurant, Terminus, was completed in 2011, along with Peninsula, a function and conference space catering for up to 120.
ROTHELOWMAN’s design for the brand new 40 room boutique hotel maximised the use of timber beams and glass windows, changing the focus from the inside of the hotel to its beautiful surrounding environment.
While creating an offering that would redefine the hotel’s offering for decades to come, Andrew Wales, Associate Principal of ROTHELOWMAN, said the Inge family were clear they wanted the hotel to reflect the relaxed nature of Flinders. “It was important that our design was sensitive to the town and its environment. The rugged coastal scenery of the town itself provided ample inspiration for our design framework”.
In redeveloping the hotel, the Inge family identified that the hotel could better become of service to the Mornington Peninsula area. As the largest accommodation site in the vicinity, an impressive conference centre and compelling dining destination, the new Flinders Hotel is playing a significant role in being a drawcard to the town and its surrounding region.
Less than a year after opening, Terminus was awarded one chef hat in the 2013 Good Food Guide, its review dubbing the new venture “a runaway success”. Both the finer plates of the Terminus and the classic pub fare served on The Deck have been a welcome addition to the Mornington Peninsula’s culinary offerings, with both spaces experiencing a strong trade and enthusiastic customer feedback.
Karen Inge, Director of the Flinders Hotel said that the site has over 120 years of stories to tell, “and in conjunction with the work of ROTHELOWMAN, we’re proud to be part of the Hotel’s ongoing legacy”.