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Work to start on new cathedral

A statue of Mary and the child Jesus carved more than 600 years ago will be the only work of art not commissioned from an Australian artist for the Catholic world's first cathedral built in the 21st century.

The Catholic Leader reports that Bishop Kevin Manning of Parrmatta Diocese in Sydney announced last Friday that a new St Patrick's Cathedral would be build by St Hilliers Constructions Pty Ltd.

The original St Patrick's was destroyed by a deliberately lit fire in February 1996.

Bishop Manning said St Hillier had been chosen after an extensive selection and tender process. The company had experience in both new construction and heritage restoration work.

Work on the $14 million reconstruction is about to begin.

Plans for the new cathedral and an associated complex began with the appointment of Canberra firm MGT Architexts in 1996.

Because of his strong conviction of the importance of the historyic St Patrick's reconstruction, MGT Architect's founding partner Romaldo Giorgola led the design team himself.

The design for the whole historic site focuses on the restoration - with functional and structural changes - of the shell of the original cathedral as a Blessed Sacrament chapel.

Diocese of Parramatta
St Patrick's Cathedral
MGT Architects

Catholic Leder

12 Jul 2002