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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.

Important iconic Christian touch point of our city. Thrilled for what renovation is taking place.

Great job to all concerned.

Brilliant!

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

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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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Today’s weather conditions were perfect for the latest steel lift. 

This support structure will secure the North Transept making it safe to work on and around.

Today’s weather conditions were perfect for the latest steel lift.

This support structure will secure the North Transept making it safe to work on and around.
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March 29th
Join us at the Transitional Cathedral for our Holy Week and Easter Services beginning Palm Sunday 28th March.

Join us at the Transitional Cathedral for our Holy Week and Easter Services beginning Palm Sunday 28th March. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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Today’s weather conditions were perfect for the latest steel lift. This support structure will secure the North Transept making it safe to work on and around. ...

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Today we pay tribute to our city and to those that lost their lives on 22 February 2011, 12.51pm.

Following the violent quake that robbed our city of so much, the image of our severly damaged Cathedral was transmitted around the globe.
It was a symbol of all that was lost, while the eventual decision to reinstate it, is a shining example of all that is worth fighting to save.

We are thankful and grateful to the support shown to us as we reinstate our beautiful Cathedral to once again take centre stage in Cathedral Square.
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Meri Kirihimete Ōtautahi.
These three folders may not look like much but they contain the VERY BEST Christmas present we could have asked for – the Resource Consent that Christchurch City Council has just granted us.
This consent is critical and having it granted now means we will be able to start some strengthening works as we stabilise the Cathedral – part of our drive to make the project as efficient as possible.
To say it’s a present is a bit unfair as it took an ENORMOUS amount of work to get it – a huge thank you to all involved.
#reinstatingchristchurchcathedral #wegotthis
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There is still time to book for our Heritage Festival "Tale of 3 Cathedrals" events.

2pm to 3.30pm on both Tuesday 3 and Friday 6 November, starting at Cathedral Square.

Book by emailing media@reinstate.org.nz
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It's not everyday that we install a 32 tonne steel frame. Watch as the team carefully lift the frame into place at the South transept. ...

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