When GH Commercial was asked to collaborate on the major development by St Matthews Anglican Church and complex on Manly Corso, it was hallelujah’s all round!

Vibrant Church Complex In The Heart Of Sydney’s Northern Beaches
Brought to life by husband-and-wife team, Du Plessis + Du Plessis Architects, the St Matthews Anglican Church project was a study in detailed simplicity and planet friendly design. At a cost of $15.6 million, the occasionally fraught build took three years to complete. While there were a number of setbacks along the way, the end result is a multi-purpose place for people to gather, worship and learn, with the wider community also able to enjoy its world class facilities.  

The new Darley Smith Building sits unobtrusively behind a facade of shopfronts and primarily functions to serve the connected church, with streamlined meeting and conference rooms and a state-of-the art 180 seat auditorium, available for community hire. The diversity of spaces required specific flooring, factoring acoustics, aesthetics and durability, into the design considerations. 

A Flooring Solution For Each Space
Pairing our Godfrey Hirst Apollo Hardwood in colour 535 Blackbutt Elegant and Feltex Cumulus carpet tiles in colours 540 Billow and 760 Humilis across the new Ministry Centre, with Sussex Broadloom wool commercial carpet in colour 940 Driftwood additionally used, the overall effect created a contemporary and understated style throughout. 

The Apollo Hardwood Hybrid range is designed using Australian wood species of Blackbutt and Spotted Gum, and available in 6 elegant shades. Apollo Hardwood flooring works superbly on its own or creates huge visual interest when used in tandem with a complementary carpet product, such as the free-flowing cloud-like pattern of our Cumulus tiles. 

Products That Meet The Brief
Both products met the sustainability and durability criteria prescribed by Du Plessis + Du Plessis and are low-maintenance and water resistant˄ Apollo Hardwood is Global Green Tag certified, with the highest possible Green Rate Level A certification, while the Australian Made Cumulus commercial carpet tiles, are certified Declare™ Red List Free. All the selected flooring choices, provided hard-wearing, low-maintenance surfaces, with the patterned textured loop of Cumulus and the Sussex Broadloom level loop pile also ensures excellent noise insulation properties, perfect for a place predicated on peace and reflection.  

Our experienced team at GH Commercial were delighted to help realise the design vision of such an exceptional project; the Apollo Hardwood range, Cumulus carpet tiles and Sussex Broadloom offering high-performance, long-lasting, and beautiful flooring for years to come, and ideal for any commercial development. 

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Project: St Matthews Anglican Church  
Products: Apollo Hardwood in 535 Blackbutt Elegant, Sussex in colour 940 Driftwood, Cumulus in colours 760 Humilis & 540 Billow 
Builder: Rohrig
Installer: Mint Flooring
Architect: Du Plessis + Du Plessis Architects
Photographer: Simon Whitbread


Colours Used

  • Apollo Hardwood

    Blackbutt Elegant

  • Sussex


  • Cumulus


  • Cumulus