World Youth Day 2008

  • World Youth Day 2008

    World Youth Day 2008

Project details: 

The Department of Defence offered temporary accommodation for up to 1,000 young pilgrims to World Youth Day 2008, held in Sydney. This is the largest youth event in the world and gathers thousands of young people across the world to learn about the Catholic faith. The 2008 event marked the first visit to Australia of Pope Benedict XVI. 

Defence asked APP to provide temporary infrastructure, in the form of a new facility within Randwick Barracks, housing all the necessary structures, services and equipment to accommodate the pilgrims for a two week period. Pilgrims came from within the Australian, and international Defence Forces, aged between 16 and 26.

“Defence required that pilgrims have the longest possible lead time to register for accommodation, effectively right up to the event,” says Brett Hocking, APP’s Sydney Manager. “And all registrations occurred without any hitches.”

APP managed the appointment of an Events Contractor on a Design and Construct basis, and infrastructure was provided to suit exactly the final number of participants. This “just-in-time” approach meant that the cost was kept to a minimum. This solution also meant that the Contractor had sufficient time to prepare the required design documentation and mobilise interstate resources.

On completion, Defence recognised APP’s efforts as significant to the success in hosting the Military Pilgrim Contingent.


“Your efforts made a significant contribution to the success of the work done by the Military Pilgrims Support Task Group in hosting the Military Pilgrim Contingent.”

D.H.M. SAUL, Brigadier Commander, Operation Testament.

Project summary: 

  • Client: Department of Defence
  • Value: $500K
  • Services: Project Management, Events, Procurement
  • Sectors: Events, Defence
  • Location: Randwick Barracks, NSW