This is a significant renovation and restoration of the magnificent Kew RSL Clubhouse, originally constructed in 1886 using pressed red bricks from the banks of the nearby Yarra River. The existing building boasts a number of heritage features including a grand sweeping staircase and stained glass windows. The new extension features a bistro dining room and deck, new passenger lift and bathroom facilities, as well as a façade surrounded by five metre tall spotted gum fins that reflect the surrounding natural parkland.

This is the second stage of a two-part project for the Kew RSL, the first being construction of the recently completed Wilton Townhouses. Based on the strength of our work in stage one Figurehead was invited to construct a new extension and complete partial demolition works, including the delicate retention of a heritage protected chimney and demolition of the brickwork below. We worked closely with the client to manage the design of the new extension to ensure we could deliver a high quality outcome within their time and budgetary restraints.


As the RSL is a heritage listed building, we partnered with specialist heritage restoration contractor Ivy Constructions to restore the façade, windows, slate roof and turret. Meticulously landscaped grounds and the reinstatement of a classic white picket fence further complement the old-world charm of this beautiful heritage building.

The Kew RSL project was successfully handed over in May 2017, two months ahead of contracted completion. The new clubhouse and restaurant was furnished and opened to members and guests in August 2017.