About St Brigid's
Where is St Brigid's located?
The site is located at 548 New South Head Road, Double Bay and is legally described as Lot 1 in DP 1126161. It measures approximately 2769.5 sqm and accommodates the St Brigid’s building, which is an item of local environmental heritage.
St Brigid’s is a two-storey building set within Blackburn Gardens, part of the broader (Council owned) Redleaf Estate. It was built in 1897 and holds cultural and community significance in the Woollahra area as one of the few surviving mid-nineteenth century harbour foreshore grand mansions.
The site has a steep grade from south to north (sloping toward the harbour), and a frontage to New South Head Road. Due to the grade, however, the building is barely visible from the road. There are various trees and landscaping features on the site, which are all proposed to be retained.
Are there any heritage aspects of St Brigid's?
St Brigid’s is a heritage item under Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014(External link)and has high community and cultural significance.
Why has Council lodged a DA for st Brigid's?
Council proposes to re-purpose the Council-owned St Brigid’s building and adjoining part of Blackburn Gardens at 548 New South Head Road. The building was previously used as the Woollahra Council Library; however, has been vacant since the library relocated to a purpose-built facility in Double Bay in May 2016.
The proposal includes:
- the conversion of St Brigid’s into a community art gallery on the top floor (New South Head Road level)
- some modifications to the base building to allow for future use, yet to be determined by Council, on the ground floor (Blackburn Gardens level)
- the installation of a new lift on the western side of the building, in Blackburn Gardens.
What does the DA propose?
- Internal alterations and refurbishment to the first floor to accommodate a community art gallery on Level 1.
- Internal alterations and refurbishment to selected parts of the ground floor.
- New amenities and mechanical/electrical services across both floors.
- External works including new steps, windows and doors.
- New external lift (located externally to the south west side of St Brigid's) in Blackburn Gardens providing independent external access across both floors. Street access to the lift is available via an elevated covered bridge walkway.
- Replacement of existing street boundary fence with a new steel fence and gates, and a new 1.8m timber fence to neighbouring property at 550 New South Head Road.
- Hard landscaping works including the widening/replacement of sandstone paving, realignment/reconstruction of an existing retaining wall and relaying the existing sandstone nib garden wall.
- Landscaping works including the salvaging and replanting of Kentia Palms and excavation of the roots of the Grevillia Robusta for the new lift shaft.
Where can I view the proposal?
Who is determining the development application?
How do I receive updates on the DA?
How to Have Your Say
How can I make a submission?
What happens to my submission?
What did the previous community consultation involve?
- exhibitions might be provided
- community engagement/outreach programs might support the exhibition program
- equipment the space might require.