About client & task


New Farm QLD, Australia

Project Information

Size | 125m2
| May 2015
| Full Frame

Project Team
| One Alliance Project Consulting
Construction | JBM Projects
Hospitality Consultants | One Alliance Project Consulting


The recent refurbishment of one of Brisbane’s oldest and most charming hotels in New Farm, The Queens Arms Hotel, has given this local favourite a new modern twist. The new design of the public bar area includes edge-lit, floating liquor display shelves, a solid timber island bench and pressed metal coffered ceilings that extend to the new copper beer fonts that feature weekly craft beers. Open sightlines and improved use of space have significantly increased efficiency and functionality, whilst maintaining a fresh, timeless design.

The secondary bar was demolished to make way for a new finishing kitchen for small private functions to view the chef’s at work and to service the upcoming hotel development on the site as a breakfast kitchen. The project successfully addressed several operational and inherent challenges, including ensuring the new design sympathetically interacted with the heritage listed original fabric of the hotel which was to be maintained.

The new chef’s dining room draws inspiration from the strength and masculinity of the British bulldog and links back to our Royal heritage. Moss coloured tartan glass artwork and a formal timber bookcase that wraps and links the display shelving from the public bar, provide unique design features that reference the heritage of the site in a modern and timeless way. The hero of the space, a floating round concrete chef’s table and feature copper lighting installation, focuses patron’s attention to a custom made ice bowl that is the centrepiece of the space allowing dinners to keep their drinks chilled in front of them while they sample the chef’s gastronomic delights.

Unique Project Features – Public Bar
  • Custom solid timber joinery for spirit display and island bar display.
  • New feature beer station with solid timber wrap and copper logo inlay.
  • Floating, edge-lit, liquor display shelves.
Unique Project Features – Chef’s Dining Room
  • Retained existing and restored (where required) original heritage fabric.
  • Custom made ice bowl and feature light over the chef’s table.
  • Custom made floating concrete chef table and eat up bar.
  • Large glass wall with custom designed tartan graphic.
Significant Achievements
  • Highly efficient commercial finishing kitchen in a small footprint for Hotel breakfast service and private functions.
  • Increased efficiency and productivity in main bar.
  • Significant increase is spirit and packaged display.
  • Improved customer approach and service efficiency of main bar.
  • Main bar traded throughout construction period.



Concept Design
Design Development
Working Drawings
  • “The refurbishment of the Queens Arms Hotel has not only provided a new look for the hotel but has also increased the patronage of the bar.  The difference in efficiency of the bar is remarkable and all our staff and regular patrons are extremely happy with the changes. As the Queens Arms Hotel is a heritage listed hotel, the challenges that were presented to the One Alliance Project Consulting team were dealt with effectively and professionally without any design intent being sacrificed.  I could not be happier with the end result.”

    Chris Condon – Owner of Queens Arms Hotel

    Queens Arms Hotel Refurbishment