Award winning architect appointed for Bunbury Cathedral

Bunbury's Bishop Gerard Holohan has announced that Marcus Collins Architects has been appointed to design the new Cathedral to replace the former Cathedral that was demolished after storm damage last year.

Announcing the appointment, Bishop Holohan said that the Bunbury Diocese is most fortunate to have a renowned architect the calibre of Marcus Collins design Bunbury's new Cathedral.

"Marcus is an iconic architect with both national and international experience. He is well regarded, having won several architectural awards and comes highly recommended by his peers and previous clients. I am glad too that our new Cathedral architect is a Western Australian."

"His best known work in Western Australia is the buildings of the University of Notre Dame Australia," Bishop Holohan said.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Collins said he is honoured to be selected.

"It's not everyday you get to design a Cathedral. An assignment like this comes around once in a lifetime and it's an honour to be appointed.

His more recent work has been the Notre Dame Campus in Sydney which will be opened by the Prime Minister next week. This includes the restoration and renovation of St Benedict's Church in Sydney, the third oldest Church in NSW.

Other projects include the redesign of the Catholic Education Office Leederville and numerous other projects including schools, churches and office buildings.

The former St Patrick's Cathedral was condemned after a tornado swept through Bunbury on the 16th May last year. Its subsequent demolition has left a void on the landscape of Bunbury ever since.

Consultation with parishioners and the wider community on the design of the new Cathedral was undertaken in July and August 2005. Further consultation with parishioners was held in early December 2005.

Award winning architect appointed for Cathedral (Diocese of Bunbury 27/2/06)

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Bunbury survey finds support for new cathedral (CathNews 20/10/05)
Diocese to preserve Cathedral memories on video (CathNews 22/7/05)
Bunbury cathedral demolished (CathNews 6/7/05)
Pope sympathises with Bunbury over Cathedral loss (CathNews 27/6/05)
Storm-damaged cathedral to be demolished (CathNews 31/5/05)
Tornado-damaged Cathedral may face demolition (CathNews 23/5/05)

28 Feb 2006