The exterior The Concourse at Lidcombe, soon to be started at DOOLEYS.

The walls are coming down at Dooleys Lidcombe as the northern section of the ground floor has been shut off to make way for the start of major construction works required to deliver The Concourse at Lidcombe project. 

Exciting transformations are taking place at DOOLEYS Lidcombe with the delivery of a new Club expansion and refurbishment underway, CEO David Mantle told members. 

Members will witness a major transformation over the next three years, which will provide class-leading facilities for DOOLEYS Members and the local community. 

Over the coming weeks appointed builder ADCO Construction, will set up a construction compound on the vacant land between Board and Ann Street, and conduct a range of infrastructure decommissioning and the demolition of retail properties along John St, he said.

The facilities to close on June 26 include Three Lanterns Bar, the children’s play area, Lloyds Bistro and the Member Lounge on the ground floor which will allow for the demolition of both the club’s shops on John St and the Three Lanterns bar all of which will later be transformed into world-class food and beverage offerings, David says. 

The construction timeline for The Concourse at Lidcombe.

DOOLEYS will continue to have an expansive range of food and beverage options including Baileys Sports Bar, John Street Café and the Members Lounge on the ground floor, The Upper Quarter on level one together with 8 Dragons and Vincent’s Noodle House.

Internally, a new acoustic construction hoarding will be erected to secure the Bistro area, which will be stripped and be readied for refurbishment. The Upper Quarter, recently completed on Level 1 will be fully operational and includes dining and cafe options, a new kids’ play area and parent room. The rest of the club will be open as usual during the initial demolition phase. 

The multi-million dollar The Concourse at Lidcombe is part of a wider club expansion and renovation project which will affect the whole of the block opposite the train station and is expected to invigorate both commercial and retail offerings in the town centre. 

The club aims to keep disruption to a minimum and inevitably there will be some noticeable impacts, but we are confident that it will be worthwhile when they deliver a top-class hospitality venue that members can be truly proud of, the club says.  

Demolition should be complete by September, with the main works starting in October when excavation work on the new basement car park begins. Construction is expected to be completed by 2025.

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