Case Study

St Patrick's Estate development

by Bill d'Apice, Craig Munter and Joanne Grant
19 November 2015

Client: Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney


The Archbishop of Sydney made a decision to relocate the seminary from Manly, leaving a large part of the undeveloped St Patrick's Estate available for reuse to support the works of the Archdiocese.  The Estate lands are extensive and there were many barriers to redevelopment of the site.

Our role:

Our role was to act on behalf of the Archdiocese and as a lynchpin between the Archdiocese and its joint venture partner Lend Lease.  We worked closely with the Archdiocesan team attending and chairing project control group meetings.  The team involved the business manager, financial controller, property manager and other advisers of the Church together with senior personnel at Lend Lease.


We assisted the Archdiocese in obtaining the necessary statutory approvals which involved co-ordination of advisors on issues including flora, fauna, town planning, engineering, archaeology and heritage.

We also assisted in liaison with Manly Council and Government concerning appropriate development parameters for the Estate.

After development approval for the new development was received, we have continued to act for the Archdiocese on the development and sale of properties in St Patrick's Estate.

The development has received much recognition for its environmental credentials and creative design and demonstrates our ability to deliver a complete service for cutting edge development projects.  

We continue to act for the Archdiocese in connection with leasehold issues concerning the Estate.