Hakoah Club, 67 Hall Street, Bondi

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The Hakoah Club was originally formed by Austrian and German refugees, eager to resume their practice of their much loved football (soccer). The Hakoah Club football team provided a social and sporting outlet for Jewish migrants. Since its establishment in 1975, the Club’s membership has significantly grown and today comprises a total of 13,000 members.

In 2004, approval was granted for the redevelopment of the existing building as a mixed use proposal, retaining the club usage on the ground floor with residential development above. Designed by JPR Architects, the redevelopment would contain 52 residential units in three blocks above a club premises with basement car parking at Nos. 61-67 Hall Street, Bondi Beach.

GSA Planning provided advice on the existing building, known as the Hakoah Club. The project involved substantial alterations and additions to an existing building that already exceeded the height limit for the Hall Street Precinct.  It was argued that the proposal was within the profile of existing development and would improve its appearance as viewed from Hall Street.  The application was subsequently approved by Council.