- Written by Teela Griffin Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 email@example.com https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
The historic Police Cottage at Emu Plains is set to become a vibrant dining destination, following an adaptive reuse of the site into a restaurant, to enhance our connection to the Nepean River.
Thanks to an innovative idea by Penrith City Council the century-long history of the building will be open to the public for the first time, ensuring this important local heritage feature is celebrated, conserved and enjoyed for generations to come.
Originally built in 1908, the Police Cottage will be sensitively restored by Penrith City Council to blend heritage and modern dining to deliver a café and restaurant, with outside seating and stunning views of the Nepean River.
The refurbishment of the Police Cottage is proudly funded by the NSW Government and Penrith City Council, with $1.5 million contributed from the NSW Government and a further $1.7 million from Council.
Located adjacent to the Yandhai Nepean Crossing, the Police Cottage will provide the crucial link to the new Regatta Park precinct enhancing the area as a rejuvenated recreation, dining and entertainment destination.
The Development Application (DA) for the refurbishment of the Police Cottage was approved in June 2021. The Public Exhibition for the DA has now closed. You can view the DA via Council’s online DA tracker by searching for DA 20/0628 here.
Food and beverage operator
In June 2021, Council conducted a formal Request for Tender for a hospitality operator for the Police Cottage. The successful applicant will be announced this year.
Council conducted a formal Request for Tender for an experienced construction partner, that specialises in heritage refurbishments, to deliver the adaptive reuse of the historic Police Cottage. Applications closed on 6 October 2021, with the successful applicant to be announced this year.
What is happening at the Police Cottage site?
Council’s vision is to bring the Police Cottage back to life, through an adaptive reuse of the site into a café and restaurant, with outside seating that offers diners magnificent views of the Nepean River.
The historic building will be sensitively refurbished with the restoration of the façade, replacement works to the verandas and roof, services upgrades, internal enhancements and the upgrade of the outdoor privy. An extension of the deck is also proposed to create a 133 sqm outdoor dining area, shaded by a row of mature Jacaranda trees with views of the iconic Yandhai Nepean Crossing and the Nepean River.
The restoration of the Police Cottage is a key project in the ‘Our River’ Nepean River master plan to create a rejuvenated recreation, dining and entertainment precinct with improved access to the river.
This project will not only attract more visitors to the Nepean River, but also celebrate and conserve this important heritage building for generations to come.
Where is the site located?
The Police Cottage is located at 4 Punt Road Emu Plains.
What is the history of the Police Cottage?
The Police Cottage is a local heritage building, as the purpose-built police station and residence for Emu Plains from 1908 to 1921. It was then used as a residence for Penrith Police officers until the 1950s, and then rented as a private home before becoming vacant in 2015. It forms part of the historical development of the locality of Emu Plains and was designed by the Government Architects Branch.
How will the site’s history be preserved?
Council is committed to preserving the history of the site for generations to come. A Conservation Management Plan has been prepared which will help guide Council in the care and management of the site. A Statement of Heritage Impact has also been prepared to guide the development to ensure that the proposed alterations and additions involve relatively minor changes to the existing fabric of the building. Council is working closely with the NSW Police Memorial & Historical Society Inc to share information regarding the history of the site and its association with NSW Police, as well as ensuring any artefacts are preserved.
When will work begin on site?
Work on-site is anticipated to commence in late 2021 or early 2022.
Who will operate the café and restaurant?
In June 2021, Council conducted a formal Request for Tender for a hospitality operator for the Police Cottage. The hospitality operator will be required to showcase local and sustainable produce and materials while providing a premium casual dining experience and quick service takeaway at the new venue. The successful applicant will be announced this year.
When will the café and restaurant open?
Subject to the appointment of a food and beverage operator, the café and restaurant is anticipated to open in late 2022.
Will access to the Great River Walk or Yandhai Nepean Crossing be impacted?
Council will ensure The Great River Walk and Yandhai Nepean Crossing will remain accessible during the refurbishment of the Police Cottage.
How can I get more information?