RSA ARCHITECTS

robin spencer architects pty. ltd.

Robin Spencer Architects Pty Ltd has a broad range of experience actually extending over a period commencing in 1955.The company was formed in 1961 with Robin Spencer, the managing director, graduating in Architecture from the University of Queensland.
The director’s son, Fraser Spencer, also graduated in Architecture from the University of Queensland in 1985 and joined the company after experience gained in other architectural companies.
The company has worked extensively in the hospitality industry in clubs, restaurants, hotels and sporting developments and development industry with many units, townhouse projects, infill shop and office developments and the residential industry. The company management and directors maintain a “hands on” approach and all directors make up and form the design team and actually produce the drawings themselves. This commitment to the design by the directors is reflected in the high standard of architecture they always manage to achieve.

Residence - Yandina Creek

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RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Qld Master Builders Association State Awards 2008

Qld State Housing and Construction Award Winner
“Individual home $2.5M to $3.5M, Norman Park House”

Qld Hotels Association 2008

Award winner “Best gaming venue” The Royal Mail Hotel
Tingalpa

Qld Hotels Association 2008

Award winner “Best redeveloped licensed premises above
$2M” The Royal Mail Hotel Tingalpa

Qld Master Builders Association Regional Awards 2008

“excellence in building for queenslands climate unlimited
value for norman park house”

2007 Australian liquor indusrty awards.

Story Bridge Hotel
Winner hotel of the year (Australia wide) QHA Awards.
Judges award for best overall.

Robin Spencer dip.arch.f.r.a.i.a

Fraser Spencer b.des.st.b.arch.f.r.a.i.a

Shelter Bar - Story Bridge Hotel

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS:

  1. Story Bridge Hotel, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
  2. Royal mail Hotel, Tingalpa
  3. Boundary Hotel, West End, Brisbane

STORY BRIDGE HOTEL – KANGAROO POINT

STORY BRIDGE HOTEL – KANGAROO POINT

The project involved the Extension and Renovation of the Existing Story Bridge Hotel. It included the renovation of the 4 levels of the existing hotel. The extension consisted of the addition of two new bars, the shelter bar and the outback bar and grill, a centrally placed kitchen services these bars. All back of house facilities have been rationalized and are located along a service spine which also gives access to the Administration level above.
A new bottle shop, a gaming room and new beer garden have been provided as well as the renovation of the existing Deery’s restaurant and kitchen.
The design concept contrasts the new modern extension with the existing heritage structures of the bridge pylons, the existing hotel and the blast shelters.
We have incorporated these historical features of the site into the new building. The building structure and finishes have been pulled back from the pylons isolating them as individuals within the space. They have been numbered to further draw attention to them.
The blast shelter walls have been exposed to view and their original volume exposed. Any insertions into these spaces have been made obviously modern. The design for the interiors has drawn on the industrial aesthetic of the Story Bridge with its structural steel framing.
Total cost 4.5Mill, finished in 2005.

STORY BRIDGE HOTEL – KANGAROO POINT

Awards:

  1. Deery's restaurant 2008 Restaurant ans Caterers Queensland awards for Excellence Winner best Pub/tavern/Club/Restaurant
  2. 2008 Australian Hotels association Awards for Excellence Winner Best Pub or Hotel Operation
  3. 2007 Australian liquor indusrty awards, Story Bridge Hotel, Winner hotel of the year (Australia wide) QHA Awards. Judges award for best overall.
  4. 2007 Queensland Hotels Association Awards for excellence Winner Judges Award for Best Overall Hotel
  5. 2007 Queensland Hotel Association Awards for excellence Finalist best casual Dining
  6. Deerys Restaurant 2006Queensland Hotel Association Award Awards for excellence Winner best Restaurant/Pub/Tavern/Hotel.
  7. Award Regional commendation, Story Bridge Hotel Facilities, bars, beer garden, commercial kitchen, pokies, bottleshop services, administration R.A.I.A. (Royal Australian Institute of Architects) Finalist state awards.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL – TINGALPA

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL – TINGALPA

The design recycles the existing masonry structure and adds new open lightweight alfresco spaces to compliment and contrast each hotel space to match volume and material with proposed use.
The entry/gaming/public bar and kitchen were relocated to take advantage of the inward looking heavy brick existing enclosure. While the new lightweight high volume open spaces were designed for the sport bar/gaming/kids play and smorgasboard spaces.
This highlighted a large diversification of space and atmosphere for patrons to experience. The existing bland façade to Wynnum road has been reworked to be more inviting with a new roof portico, landscape and light entry giving the façade recess with light and shade. The existing bottle shop has been integrated in the design with similar material and finishes.
While not a heritage building the existing façade has been retained and renovated in the existing established streetscape.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL – TINGALPA

The client brief indicated a diverse range of use with specialist spaces for:

  1. - Gaming – Casino
  2. - Children’s play
  3. - Dedicated smorgasboard
  4. - Quality DOSA zones

The end result is a family community hotel with a range of different experiences from morning mums kid play to late night gaming in the casino.

Awards:

  1. - Qld Hotels Association 2008, Award winner ‘best gaming venue’
  2. - Qld Hotel Association 2008, Award winner ‘best redeveloped licensed Premises above $2M.

BOUNDARY HOTEL – WEST END

Boundary Street, West End, Qld

BOUNDARY HOTEL – WEST END BOUNDARY HOTEL – WEST END

The existing heritage listed hotel was built in the early 1800’s and has not been renovated since the 1960’s.
Our brief was to maintain and develop the existing pub character of this classic West End hotel.
The existing ‘public’ bar has been retained in stage 1 with the 60’s feel but now reopened to address the streetscape corner.
The rear of the hotel has been developed into a traditional outdoor beer garden, an opportunity identified by the client to encourage a family dining opportunity.
The existing lounge bar has been reconfigured to a noise-controlled music environment below.
The design direction has taken advantage of the two 60’s brick additions to each end of the hotel by creating large openings into the interior to create interest and mystery from the streetscape.
The hotel clearly reads as a heritage façade with a connection to the beer garden beyond created by the openings encouraging patrons to enter and investigate.
The hotel has a “stage three” yet to be completed incorporating the corner bar and additional of further material finishes.

Awards: - Pending submission

CURRENT PROJECTS:

  1. Main and Baildon street, Kangaroo Point. Mixed development, 5 stories. Shops, offices, apartments.
  2. RQYS, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Manly. Clubhouse additions and new sailing building.
  3. New city restaurant, Felix Street, Brisbane city. Renovation of existing restaurant. Re-branding new kitchen and bar.
  4. River front house, Quay street, Bulimba. New river front house, 3 levels.
  5. Office building, Wharf street Kangaroo Point. 5 level offices.

MAIN AND BAILDON STREET MIXED DEVELOPEMNT

MAIN AND BAILDON STREET MIXED DEVELOPEMNT

ROYAL QUEENSLAND YACHT SQUADRON – MANLY

ROYAL QUEENSLAND YACHT SQUADRON – MANLY

PESCATORE RESTAURANT – BRISBANE CBD

PESCATORE RESTAURANT – BRISBANE CBD

RIVER FRONT HOUSE – BULIMBA

RIVER FRONT HOUSE – BULIMBA

PAST PROJECTS:

  1. Toowomba City golf club Toowomba City golf club, New clubhouse and 120 gaming machines
  2. Manly Marina Cove motel Manly Marina Cove motel, 42 rooms, The Esplanade, Manly
  3. Toowomba City golf club Millenium Towers, 10 storey apartments building, Kangaroo Point
  4. Toowomba City golf club Norman Park Hill Residence, 5 storey

OTHER SELECTED PROJECTS:

  1. Queensland Autism Association, new classroom blocks
  2. Boarding house, New Farm
  3. Office fitout, South Brisbane
  4. Retirement Village, Ipswich
  5. RSL additions, Norman park
  6. Child Card Centre, Sunnybank
  7. Polo Stables, Canungra
  8. Attached houses, North Stradbroke Island
  9. 34 Apartments, New Farm
  10. 25 Apartments, New Farm
  11. 56 Apartments, Kangaroo Point

Projects: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsaarchitects/sets/