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We’re back in action! With Christchurch moving to Alert Level 3, reinstatement activities on the Christ Church Cathedral recommenced today. Over the last week we’ve worked closely with Naylor Love to align our on-site health and safety management with the Construction Health and Safety NZ (CHASNZ ) protocols, to address the risk of spreading Covid and create a safe workplace for everyone involved on this project. We’ve split the on-site team into two to maintain a safe 2m distance and again implemented our transport, mask-wearing and touch point protocols. This allows us to get on with much of the planned work and bring forward other work that can be carried out at a social distance. Offsite work, like steel work fabrication, is also underway. The CCRL and consultant team will continue to operate from our home offices for now. We’re looking forward to sharing more progress updates soon. ... See MoreSee Less

September 1st
While we’re in Lockdown at Alert Level 4 the site is closed and everyone is working from home. However, work continues at pace, the Design Team is focused on the Detailed Design of the main Cathedral and Tower, the Construction team is working on stabilisation methodologies and planning for the next packages of construction.  Our contractor Naylor Love is preparing for recommencement at Alert Level 3 https://www.naylorlove.co.nz/covid-19/
 
Stay safe.

While we’re in Lockdown at Alert Level 4 the site is closed and everyone is working from home. However, work continues at pace, the Design Team is focused on the Detailed Design of the main Cathedral and Tower, the Construction team is working on stabilisation methodologies and planning for the next packages of construction. Our contractor Naylor Love is preparing for recommencement at Alert Level 3 www.naylorlove.co.nz/covid-19/

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August 25th

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Nice view E but you're in shadow!

Well done.

While we work to stabilise the Cathedral to make it safe enough to enter for the Strengthening and Reinstatement phases, the design team lead by @warrenmahoney  Architects are progressing with the detailed design of the Main Cathedral and Tower. Heres a look at some of the work in progress. Detailed Design is due to be complete at the end of this year. It’s exciting to see the design come to life as the project progresses. 

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While we work to stabilise the Cathedral to make it safe enough to enter for the Strengthening and Reinstatement phases, the design team lead by @warrenmahoney Architects are progressing with the detailed design of the Main Cathedral and Tower. Here's a look at some of the work in progress. Detailed Design is due to be complete at the end of this year. It’s exciting to see the design come to life as the project progresses.

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August 18th

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The myriad trades, designers, and craftsmen are all earning a living working on it. I don't agree that it's a waste of money. :)

All yours that say bulldoze have no architectural appreciation I spose you want some concrete slab that looks like a supermarket.

That looks like a lift shaft, which is great as the new spire has to be disability-friendly with easy access for any wheelchair including the widest ones. Sadly for some of us (but rightly) I assume the old adventurous trip up to the balcony that we loved will be consigned to the past, or will both stairs and lift be accommodated?

I hope your leaving space for the bells to go back

Exciting. The city centre, the Square, and the Cathedral are all in need of drawcards. Will the tower contain a drawcard in addition to the view and bell-ringer watching? I recommend a 'digital time travel' experience, something along the lines of that offered in the elevator / lift at One World Trade Center in New York. If Council permits it would also be wonderful to see the spire sheathed in copper - i.e. fresh copper-coloured copper, not the weathered green type.

Awesome 👍 look forward to experiencing it all again

What stone will be used around the windows in the rebuild. The original was white rock from lowburn I think.

As a very much lapsed Anglican, I reiterate my view that we blew the opportunity to build a completely new cathedral which reflects the new era in New Zealand and not the old neo Gothic style of 19th century England.

There is base isolation there. There will be lot of work to put a new reinforced concrete slab under there. Looks like fun.

Wonderful. Cant wait til its finished

and at this rate it'll be finished in 2050. Wish the people of chch had a proper say in what to do with the space. I wouldnt have ramped up our rates without a public vote first. This and the current state of our CBD make me ashamed to live in CHCH

Wanda Whitmill nee Scott.... direct decentant of the original Architect... ;-)

Christchurch is still waiting for earthquake repairs to be done on infrastructure and homes and a few selfish bastards want a building rebuild that the owners wanted to demolish. The cathedral was a barely used money soak.They want another 50mil to rebuild but they didn't mind wasting a few million on a cardboard temp. Just like the council with the temporary stadium.

Any chance of changing the neon sign out front that says ‘REJOICE’ to read ‘REJOIST’?

Just put a bulldozer through it and put a cookie time shop there or a park so more people enjoy the space

I don't Care as long as the Anglicans pay for it. I don't want a penny of my tax dollars to cover the rebuild! It's a Anglican venture.

what an absolute disgrace this debacle has been. i am definitely not religious but the cathedral ahs been the cornerstone of Christchurch for a very long time. without it Christchurch means nothing. what has gone on is a testament to self interest stupidity and definitely a joke

Now there is a plan for a waste of money...

What a waste of money. Should have been pulled down

A backwards step. How come all that money was wasted on a big ceremony to 'de-sanctify' the site?

Bulldozer make it safe to enter

Just needs another Mag 7.0... That'll fuck it.... What a complete utter waste of $$...

The version I like best is the flat version .. achieved by a large bulldozer.

Absolutely disgusting waste of money

Not clear how to get to tower access.

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If youve visited Cathedral Square recently, you may have noticed a new building has popped up in the Southwest corner of the Christ Church Cathedral site – literally! It’s the project’s new temporary site accommodation office. With the project progressing at pace, it will free up much-needed construction space around the Cathedral and provide an onsite collaboration space for team members and consultants for the remainder of the project.

If you've visited Cathedral Square recently, you may have noticed a new building has popped up in the Southwest corner of the Christ Church Cathedral site – literally! It’s the project’s new temporary site accommodation office. With the project progressing at pace, it will free up much-needed construction space around the Cathedral and provide an onsite collaboration space for team members and consultants for the remainder of the project. ... See MoreSee Less

August 10th

Protecting the Christ Church Cathedral’s rich heritage during its reinstatement is our priority, wherever practicable. So when the project’s architect Warren and Mahoney and our heritage professionals Jenny May & William Fulton were concerned the installation of the west wall structural steel frame could cause further damage to the beautiful tessellated panels installed in 1964 and damaged in the quakes, Kiwi innovation came to the fore. The entire team – architect, heritage professional, Naylor Love (contractor), Holmes (structural engineer), Stoneworks (Stone Masons) and CCRL got together to find a workable solution to protect the panels WITHOUT entering the building, which is unsafe. The answer lay in these clever yet simple plywood panels fitted with foam protection. They were flipped over and secured in place to hold the tessellated panels against the wall until we can get to them from the inside. The team quickly designed and installed a lightweight structure fixed on top of the existing masonry and tensioned with a truck strop, to protect the remaining panels. Sign up to our newsletter for more project updates at bit.ly/3jqEIKM ... See MoreSee Less

August 4th

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Great to see some more photos of the interior 🙂 The large steel frame for the eastern end can’t be far away now?

Ingenious. Well done. It’s nice to see care is being taken to preserve precious items in the interior.

Great job to all concerned.

Brilliant!

it's sad noone thought to protect the rose window. :(

So happy this is finally being restored. I have heaps of pictures I took of the inside in 1990 when I was back visiting from Sydney.

Its come a long way from Jim Anderton's "siege horse"

Vicky Harris 😍

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Behind the scenes with Seven Sharp yesterday as they interviewed our Project Director Keith Paterson about ‘Spot’ the remote-controlled robot dog.

Watch Seven Sharp tonight (7pm TVNZ 1) to be taken inside the Christ Church Cathedral on Spot’s recent mission to gather valuable data for the reinstatement project. Spot will also be live in the Seven Sharp studio demonstrating his high tech abilities. 
 
Spots mission into the Cathedral was the first of its kind in New Zealand. He was developed by Boston Dynamics to inspect dangerous and inaccessible environments. Given the Cathedral is still too dangerous for anyone to safely enter, it is the perfect setting to test this kind of technology.
 
The project was a collaboration between Christ Church Reinstatement Ltd, Warren and Mahoney Architects (lead designer on the project), Naylor Love (consulting contractor) and Aware Group who owns Spot. A huge thank you to Warren and Mahoney and Aware Group for donating their equipment, expertise and time on this.

Behind the scenes with Seven Sharp yesterday as they interviewed our Project Director Keith Paterson about ‘Spot’ the remote-controlled robot dog.

Watch Seven Sharp tonight (7pm TVNZ 1) to be taken inside the Christ Church Cathedral on Spot’s recent mission to gather valuable data for the reinstatement project. Spot will also be live in the Seven Sharp studio demonstrating his high tech abilities.

Spot's mission into the Cathedral was the first of its kind in New Zealand. He was developed by Boston Dynamics to inspect dangerous and inaccessible environments. Given the Cathedral is still too dangerous for anyone to safely enter, it is the perfect setting to test this kind of technology.

The project was a collaboration between Christ Church Reinstatement Ltd, Warren and Mahoney Architects (lead designer on the project), Naylor Love (consulting contractor) and Aware Group who owns Spot. A huge thank you to Warren and Mahoney and Aware Group for donating their equipment, expertise and time on this.
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July 15th

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I'll definitely be watching

Looking forward to viewing this

Send spot into the pikeriver mine ❣️

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July 12th

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What is the big box-like thing to the left?

The Cathedral is looking wonderful and while the library has taken the "breathing" space from around the church, I do like the modern and the old juxtaposition.

Looks beautiful! Can't wait to see it complete and working again 😊🤩🥳💕

Love the Cathedral, although I do think they could have given the placement of the shipping container a bit more thought. 😂

Hello. Will the Cathedral's spire be sheathed in fresh copper, as it was originally, so we can enjoy its shiny copper colour, as Christchurchians historically did, and allowed to turn green over time, as it did over decades prior to the quakes? I know the city council has rules about metal run-off, but perhaps mitigation measures for that could be installed that would satisfy it?

The box overpowered the bell tower 😞

Can you please either move the cathedral forward ten metres or arrange for the destruction of the top ten storeys of the Crowne Plaza? It would be great to see the spire up Colombo St again :-D

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While we’re in Lockdown at Alert Level 4 the site is closed and everyone is working from home. However, work continues at pace, the Design Team is focused on the Detailed Design of the main Cathedral and Tower, the Construction team is working on stabilisation methodologies and planning for the next packages of construction. Our contractor Naylor Love is preparing for recommencement at Alert Level 3.

Stay safe.
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While we work to stabilise the Cathedral to make it safe enough to enter for the Strengthening and Reinstatement phases, the design team lead by warrenmahoney Architects are progressing with the detailed design of the Main Cathedral and Tower. Here's a look at some of the work in progress. Detailed Design is due to be complete at the end of this year. It’s exciting to see the design come to life as the project progresses.

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If you've visited Cathedral Square recently, you may have noticed a new building has popped up in the Southwest corner of the Christ Church Cathedral site – literally! It’s the project’s new temporary site accommodation office. With the project progressing at pace, it will free up much-needed construction space around the Cathedral and provide an onsite collaboration space for team members and consultants for the remainder of the project. ...

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We recently sent ‘Spot’ the remote-controlled robot dog into the Cathedral on a mission to gather valuable data for the reinstatement project. The mission was a collaboration between Christ Church Reinstatement Ltd, warrenmahoney architects, Aware Group, Spot’s Owners, and Naylor Love, consulting contractor. Find out more over on our website. ...

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