In May 2018 we ran an article about the transformation of Murray Bridge promised by the Bridgeport Hotel redevelopment.
This project had its planning challenges. These included the demolition of the significantly compromised but Local Heritage listed previous hotel, as well as being much taller than the two-storey planning guidelines. Following a collaborative Design Review Panel process, the Government Architect and SCAP supported the development.
Fast forward to 2021 and the Bridgeport has just been jointly awarded Best Overall Hotel at the SA Australian Hotels Association SA awards, as well as Best Country Hotel redevelopment.
This must be enormously gratifying for owners Graham Hobbs and Ian Tregoning who have realised their vision after 11 years of planning and development.
The $45 million/100 room hotel overlooking the River Murray has become a new landmark, adding stylish accommodation, quality dining, a bustling sports bar and extensive meeting and events facilities. The owners have also introduced a jobs program for the long-term unemployed in the region.
This precinct is set to become even more of a magnet with the forthcoming Council upgrade of the adjacent Sturt Reserve.