'Five-star feel': Club Marconi unveils new $2 million foyer

Club Marconi's new $2 million entry foyer is just the start of the club's seven year master plan for redevelopment.

Stage one was unveiled on Friday with the official opening of the reception area - the culmination of five months' work during the COVID- 19 restrictions.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone, club vice-president Mario Soligo and long-term club employee Sam Bianca were on hand to cut the official ribbon.

"The renovation is right on point. It is a five-star feel which flows right through. It has been a long time coming - it is a dream that has come to realisation," Mr Soligo said.

Mr Bianca, who only just recently retired after working at the club for 48 years, said the redevelopment is "contemporary."

"The area has changed many times, I think this is very smart. I think the members and visitors will be very pleased and impressed," he said.

Club Marconi chief executive Tony Zappia said the unveiling of the new foyer represents a significant way forward for the long serving members who due to COVID-19 restrictions were unable to visit their "second home" which is a meeting place for the Italian community.

"I hope the members are patient and understand this is the first step in the club's redevelopment. I anticipate the members will embrace the changes and there is more to come," he said.

Stage two of the upgrades is due to commence in early 2021 (pending COVID restrictions) with Doltone House to begin renovations of the club's three function rooms.

Further stages of development include an upgrading of the food offerings and member lounge areas. Also included in the master plan are improvements to the outdoor courtyard areas and the construction of 100 Independent Living Units which is scheduled to start in late 2024/early 2025.

Two synthetic football pitches are also to be built on fields two and three with the $2.5 million project scheduled to be completed by March 2022 and the gym is set to be extended to include a lap pool.