Spring Cove Manly

Oakstand Property Group / Manly, Australia

Located on the sensitive Spring Cove Sydney harbour side of the St Patrick’s Estate on Eastern Hill, Manly adjacent to North Head National Park, this project consists of 38 dwellings in a contemporary, designed, bushland setting. The site supports an endangered community of bandicoots and is situated next to an endangered fairy penguin and sea grass habitat. McGregor Coxall collaborated with all disciplines to achieve a holistic ESD approach incorporating water sensitive urban design principles.

Dwellings include a 16 apartment residential flat building designed by Alex Popov with 22 detached houses designed by Graham Jahn, Peter Tonkin and James Grose. All site planning decisions for roads and dwelling locations were based on minimising disruption to views, heritage, topography, storm water flows and existing trees. Site circulation is linked by a public domain of elevated boardwalks and narrow, shared vehicular access ways to minimise disruption to bandicoot habitat.

Site Area

.27 ha


  • Ecology
  • Furniture and Signage
  • Heritage
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • Plans of Management
  • Streetscape
  • Urban Design Framework
  • Visual Analysis
  • Waterfeature
  • Waterfront
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design [WSUD]


  • Lendlease
  • Hughes Trueman
  • Brian Knight & Associates
  • Building Code & Bushfire Hazard Solutions
  • Ecosense
  • Colston Budd Hunt+Kafes
  • Ingham Planning
  • Tree Wise Men Australia Pty Ltd
  • CMS Surveyors PTY LTD