Client

Arts Centre of Christchurch

Budget

$130 million

Contract Type

Construct only

Completed

Jun 2016

Location

Christchurch

Christchurch Arts Centre

Iconic elements of one of the largest heritage restoration programmes in the world

Christchurch’s rich Gothic Revival architecture has always set the region apart. Maintaining the integrity of these heritage buildings is essential to retaining the unique character of the city. 

We have undertaken a range of proactive and reactive heritage restoration projects in Canterbury, including the Te Koraha homestead at Rangi Ruru Girls School and of course, the extensive repair works to the Arts Centre.
Our work at the Arts Centre dates back to 2004, when we undertook strengthening on the Registry Building and continued in 2008 with the structural strengthening of the School of Arts. Although both buildings suffered some damage during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, they stood up much better thanks to these works.  

These pre-emptive works prepared us for our biggest challenge yet – the restoration of the iconic Clock Tower and College Hall. Some of the oldest and most significant buildings in the centre, both the Clock Tower and College Hall were extensively damaged in the September and February earthquakes. 

These Gothic structures have been an icon of Christchurch for almost 150 years and restoring them was a privilege. We used a sympathetic construction approach to restore the interior and exterior of these Category One listed heritage buildings, so that when the centre re-opened in mid- 2016, the works were imperceptible.

These Gothic structures have been an icon of Christchurch for almost 150 years and restoring them was a privilege.

“Every building within the Christchurch Arts Centre was seriously damaged in the 2011 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. The repairs to these Gothic Revival Buildings was one of the largest heritage restoration projects in the world.”
 

Project Partners

Name Holmes Consulting Group

Role Civil and structural engineers

Name Sheppard and Rout

Role Architects

Name Powell-Fenwick

Role Mechanical and electrical