Glamorous New Farm, Brisbane socialite and her husband sue architects for $500,000 over garage


Glamorous socialite and her husband sue architects for $500,000 claiming the firm botched a garage under their $6million home by making it too small for their luxury Mercedes

  • Retail developer Patrick George and his wife Brooke suing Owen Architecture
  • Claim the company botched a garage under their $6million Brisbane home 
  • Couple claim they told firm basement would need to fit their large Mercedes
  • But they allege basement built for them did not comfortably fit their vehicle
  • The couple said a redesign made their parking spaces and lift lobby smaller
  • Suing for $111,974 in construction costs and $300,000 for property value loss


A socialite and her husband are suing their architects for $500,000 over claims the firm built a car park under their $6million home that was too narrow for the couple’s luxury Mercedes-Benz. 

Retail developer Patrick George and his wife Brooke claim they told Owen Architecture they had a large Mercedes GLS SUV with a 6.3m turning circle before construction began at their New Farm, Brisbane home.

The garage was part of extensive $3million renovation plans which included building a new pool and entry forecourt and re-landscaping the palatial waterfront home, a statement of claim lodged with the Brisbane District Court and seen by Daily Mail Australia reads.

But the couple claimed their car could not comfortably drive in and out of the basement that was built for them because its entry ramp was not wide enough.

Socialite Brooke George and her developer husband Patrick George are suing their architects for $500,000 over claims the firm botched plans for a car park under their $6million home

The basement was also ‘insufficient’ for other luxury vehicles such as a Dodge Viper and a Ferrari 458 Spider, the couple allege.  

Patrick George is one of Australia's most successful retail developers

Patrick George is one of Australia’s most successful retail developers

The claim said the garage was instead designed to fit ‘a vehicle with the dimensions and turn radius’ of a significantly smaller car.

A design brief submitted before construction said the basement would need to be ‘generous to cater for guests and maneuvering large SUVs’, the statement of claim said.

‘We have a lot of vehicle traffic coming and going – nanny, gardeners, cleaner, tradesmen etc,’ the claim said. 

Owen Architecture told the couple in June 2020 the basement was not designed for a car of their size and submitted a re-design that would accommodate the Mercedes-Benz.

But the statement of claim said the revised plans significantly altered their project, making their parking spaces smaller and reducing the size of their lift lobby. 

‘The useable area of the basement was reduced by approximately 12 square metres,’ the claim said. 

 We have a lot of vehicle traffic coming and going – nanny, gardeners, cleaner, tradesmen etc

The couple claimed a breach of contract meant their project would now not be completed until March of this year, three months later than scheduled.

Their claim includes $3,000 a week in rental costs for the extra time they will need to spend living off-site while the work on their home is completed.

The George family are also suing for $111,974 in additional construction costs, $43,399 in consultant and engineer fees and $300,000 for loss of value to their property.

The couple claim they told Owen Architecture they had a large Mercedes GLS SUV with a 6.3m turning circle before construction began underneath their New Farm, Brisbane home (pictured)

The couple claim they told Owen Architecture they had a large Mercedes GLS SUV with a 6.3m turning circle before construction began underneath their New Farm, Brisbane home (pictured)

Pictured is the luxury home's swimming pool. The couple claimed the garage that was built for them was not big enough to fit their Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV or other luxury vehicles such as a Dodge Viper and a Ferrari '458 Spider'

Pictured is the luxury home’s swimming pool. The couple claimed the garage that was built for them was not big enough to fit their Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV or other luxury vehicles such as a Dodge Viper and a Ferrari ‘458 Spider’

Patrick George is one of Australia’s most successful retail developers, with his firm masterminding Brisbane’s renowned James Street boutique shopping precinct in Fortitude Valley.

His other developments include the 4-star Bluewater on the Beach hotel in Byron Bay and a building in the Brisbane CBD currently home to a Woolworths Metro. 

His wife Brooke is well-known in the city’s elite social scene and was in April pictured at an anniversary event for a luxury menswear retailer.

Pictured is a file image of a Mercedes GLS. The basement was also 'insufficient' for other luxury vehicles such as a Dodge Viper and a Ferrari 458 Spider, the statement of claim alleged

Pictured is a file image of a Mercedes GLS. The basement was also ‘insufficient’ for other luxury vehicles such as a Dodge Viper and a Ferrari 458 Spider, the statement of claim alleged

She has also previously been seen at a Brisbane fashion lunch for designer brand Arthur Galan. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Owen Architecture – who has not yet responded to the claim – for comment.

A hearing date for the case has not yet been set.

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