One of Penrith’s most iconic and historic buildings has been restored to its former glory. Established in 1826, the hotel and pub is nestled on the Nepean River, providing spectacular waterfront views. A stalwart of the Penrith pub scene, The Log Cabin was devastated by fire in 2012 leaving locals bereft. Now, a decade later, it has risen from the ashes to set the local pub scene alight.
A leading provider of composite decking in Australia, Concept Materials was thrilled to work on this unique project in partnership with Team 2 Architecture, Stimson & Baker Planning and FDC.
The resurrection of The Log Cabin
A bona fide gem, which provided the backdrop for many a celebration, special occasion, first date and reunion with friends and family members, The Log Cabin was a quintessential riverside local. When it was destroyed in 2012, it left a gaping hole in the hospitality scene, prompting talks of restoration and regeneration. The resurrection of Penrith’s iconic hotel and pub was planned meticulously by the new owners. The goal was to pay homage to the original site and design while modernising the building to enhance safety and acoustics.
Choosing the right materials for the project was key to achieving the desired aesthetic and ambience. Modern-day venues like The Log Cabin have to be functional and practical, as well as beautifully designed. Materials have to cater to high footfall and heavy traffic and offer durability and versatility while acknowledging and celebrating the beauty of antiquity.
A closer look at the materials: Antique Oak Millboard Decking
Specialising in composite decking in Sydney, Concept Materials worked closely with the teams involved in the redevelopment of The Log Cabin, providing a stunning decking material, which captured the essence of the venue and its rich, vibrant history.
To achieve a restoration, which was both sympathetic and awe-inspiring, we used Antique Oak Millboard Decking, the world’s finest 100% wood-free composite decking. The showpiece is the dazzling contemporary balcony space, which was lovingly crafted using Millboard outdoor decking. Strong, durable, hard-wearing and practical, composite decking also looks the part. Inspired by natural wood, the Antique Oak delivers the perfect blend of rustic, organic aesthetics and functionality. Offering slip-resistance surfaces and 0% risk of splinters, composite decking requires minimal maintenance, making it the ideal selection for forward-thinking hospitality venues in Australia.
Famed for its ability to bring heritage design to life, Antique Oak was selected for this project due to its warm tones, which mimic more exotic hardwood hues. Ideally suited to the al fresco dining and drinking areas.
A glimpse into the future
The Log Cabin is now a thriving hub again, providing a beautiful, unique base to catch up with old friends, celebrate special occasions, watch a game or simply enjoy the stunning vistas with a cool drink in hand. This incredible restoration project has brought the Penrith hotel and pub scene to life again and the owners are looking forward to many more years of welcoming locals and visitors from further afield to drink, dine and stay in this one-of-a-kind location.