Robe in the heart of Coolangatta

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Situated in the heart of Coolangatta, The Coolangatta Sands Hotel is directly across from the beach and just minutes away from the Coolangatta airport.

The Hotel has just undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment, transforming it from a tired old pub to a stylish and busy venue.

The hotel is now a modern tavern and bistro that also offers backpacker accommodation as well as a state of the art nightclub making it a premium venue along the Coolangatta strip. The task of creating a modern and upmarket venue while still retaining the classic Queenslander exterior of the hotel fell to Hamilton Hayes Henderson Architects.

“The building was in quite a state of disrepair and basically the client wanted to create a new venue,” said Lach Henderson, Principal of Hamilton Hayes Henderson Architects. For the décor, the client wanted a clean, contemporary yet classic look. “They didn’t want anything too far out of the norm,” added Lach. “They wanted décor that would be reasonably timeless and not date quickly. It also had to have a bit of a relationship with the original building with classic colours in a contemporary form.”

The public bar favours an industrial, robust look with polished floors, tiles that have a rustic metallic look, timbers, and original, exposed brickwork. The dining room is simplistic with clean lines — a little more sophisticated than the main bar. Blown up images of Coolangatta in the 1920s are used as features. The lounge bar/nightclub is really a black box relying on the lighting for colour and decoration.

JVG Sound Lighting & Visual were given the task of installing the Sound and Lighting, and only two weeks to do it in! Lighting in the nightclub includes eight Robe 250AT spots and two Robe 250AT wash moving heads as well as a ULA Giga strobe and a mirrorball cluster above the dancefloor. Control is via an E:Cue Twilight Excite DMX to PC interface system with an LG touchscreen situated in the DJ box.

Golar states that 250’s were selected for the Coolangatta Sands because, “We needed a compact fixture that could provide versatility and high output at a reasonable price point. The 250’s have a tidy profile, and nice clean beam, as well as great colors and effects”. E:Cue has been used to set up pre-programmed profiles to allow different light shows to be called up depending on different moods in the bar.