Colonial Leisure Group (CLG) is a premium hospitality company with multiple venues across Australia including pubs, breweries, restaurants and resorts.

CLG’s iconic and heritage listed Portsea Hotel is located right on Port Phillip Bay in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula region. Portsea Hotel is visited by thousands of locals and broader tourists each year and is particularly busy over the warmer, holiday season.


CLG wanted to bolster Portsea Hotel’s position as a destination venue on the Mornington Peninsula, operating to its 365-day trading potential per year.

Due to the extent of the renovation works required, the hotel remained completely closed during the works. This presented a strict completion date as the hotel had confirmed function bookings and needed to be back trading as usual well before the busy summer period hit.


CLG entrusted Baxter Projects (Baxter) to complete the major renovation to Portsea Hotel. With a stringent deadline to meet and other complex elements to the renovation, it was clear Baxter needed a proactive project management plan in place.

Throughout the development, one of Baxter’s highest priorities was staying compliant with any special conditions of the building’s heritage listing. This meant any hazardous material uncovered was dealt with safely and disposed of accordingly.

During the building works Baxter made substantial structural and earthworks changes, with over 10km of timber used for the exterior decking. To adhere to sustainable building practices, Baxter also sourced recycled timber flooring.

Baxter made sure to always remain in open communication with CLG and were also very accommodating of any changes to the project scope, assuring CLG’s vision was brought to life.


Baxter achieved destination venue appeal for Portsea Hotel by providing a boutique family atmosphere with expansive new decking overlooking the bay. The renovated hotel now attracts more visitors than ever with an enhanced entertaining space for more guests to enjoy year-round.

“Baxter Projects made sure to communicate everything to us, from the big structural works to the small details. They conducted themselves in a professional manner and were a pleasure to do business with”.

– Colonial Leisure Group
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