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Cathedral site preparation work continues

Wednesday, December 12, 2018   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: earthquake recovery, rebuild

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th December 2018

The steel framing in front of the quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral is coming down.

A large crane will be installed on site on Thursday ahead of works to remove steel framing from the front of the Cathedral in the new year.

A crane in front of Cathedral.Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL) Project Director Keith Paterson says the work is being carried out by CCRL as part of site preparation work.

“The work we are undertaking on site will make the front of the Cathedral - referred to as the western porch area - safer for subsequent investigations and will help us to better understand the scope of the deconstruction of the porch,” says Mr Paterson.

“It will also improve the look of the Cathedral from the front of course, which we’re pleased about and I’m sure many in Christchurch will be too.”

Work will include the removal of loose material around the roof and the temporary steel structure, which will start after 14th January 2019.

“Our aim is for the steel framing to be deconstructed by early February in time for the installation of the new Anglican Bishop,” says Mr Paterson.

Loose material lodged between the steel structure and the remaining west wall will be removed, and any heritage material will be identified and sorted.

CCRL and Church property Trustees (CPT) formally agreed the terms and conditions for CCRL’s occupancy of the Cathedral site in late November. This was done through a License to Occupy agreement.

Work is also underway at the eastern end of the site, installing concrete barriers as part of a review of site safety and security.