Bunbury aims for 2010 finish

11 Feb 2009

By The Record

Plans for the new Catholic Cathedral in Bunbury have been submitted to the City of Bunbury for their approval.

Michael Smith of Marcus Collins Architects submitting to the City of Bunbury the building plans for the new Catholic Cathedral. Photo: Provided

The plans include detailed working drawings and specifications to rebuild the iconic Cathedral and restore the historic Federation Queen Anne style building affectionately known as Parish House.
Announcing the submission of plans and application for the building licence, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Bunbury, the Most Reverend Gerard J Holohan, said the plans are the culmination of the past three years of hard work.
“The plans reflect the wishes of the community consultation held in 2005. These wishes have been brought together and turned into detailed working drawings by a dedicated team of engineers and consultants under the guidance of multi award winning Architect Marcus Collins” he said.
“The Cathedral’s beauty and prominence will give it a dignity and strength that everyone can appreciate. Once Council officers have processed this application we can get on with the important part of rebuilding the vital community asset,” Bishop Holohan said.
Architect Marcus Collins said he is very pleased with how the plans have evolved. “I am confident that parishioners throughout the Diocese of Bunbury as well as the wider community will not be disappointed,” he said.
“The precinct with the new Cathedral as its centrepiece and the restoration of the existing buildings have all come together well to create a tranquil and harmonious environment with historical and cultural significance.
The rebuilding of the Cathedral precinct is expected to be completed by late September 2010.