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Hawkins and Good George Brewing to build new venue in Rotorua

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A great construction project needs expert knowledge, technology and careful planning.

The same is true of brewing craft beer.

And if you want to open a bar, it helps if you have great relationships with people.

Perhaps it’s no surprise then that Hamilton-based brewery Good George has once again asked Hawkins to build its next venue, at Tarawera Corner in Rotorua.

“We worked together on the refurbishment of the old ‘Pink Church’ in Cambridge, which is now a stunning venue called the Good Union,” Hawkins Central Region Manager Peter McCawe says. 

“We got permission from the Cambridge Historical Society for the design, which involved preserving the church’s heritage features. Walk through the arched double doors and your eye is drawn up to the high ceiling with its original rafters. It’s really quite special.

“The project required careful management of subcontractors to get all of the work done in a fairly tight timeframe, so that the venue could be open for the busy summer season,” McCawe says.

“Over the years we’ve developed a great working relationship with the Good George team, and we’re really looking forward to this next project. It’s early days, but Good George are already thinking about what the design will look like and what the name of the new venue will be. We’ll be planning the project so that the doors will be open before Christmas,” McCawe says.

Good George Head of Hospitality Kevin Flynn says each venue is designed from scratch, taking inspiration from the local area and the customers they hope to attract.

“People can expect to see the same attention to detail and level of fit-out however we try to give each new venue its own unique design features and menu offerings.

“A major part of our company’s focus is to appeal to the local community first. Although we are already ranged across New Zealand, we have a particularly strong following in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel region, and a lot of that has been built through people trying our beers and ciders in our bars,” Flynn says.

Flynn says the project will provide employment for local people.

“Hawkins will work with local tradies on this project. Rotorua locals Andy and Prue Allan will be the operators, and they intend to hire around 30 local people to work at the venue,” Flynn says.

Read the Rotorua Daily Post story here.