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Public input sought on NZ cathedral design

Public input sought on NZ cathedral design

Three options for a new cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand have been unveiled and the public is being asked which version they approve.

ChristChurch Cathedral was seriously damaged in a series of earthquakes that struck the city in 2011. The tower collapsed in the June quake, and subsequent tremors did further damage to the building. In June 2012 the building was partially demolished. A temporary building is being erected. Now three designs have been selected for the new permanent cathedral and the public is being asked for their input, before church leaders make the final decision.

Bishop Victoria Matthews says that the public input will influence the final decision which will be made made by the Church Property Trustees. reports:

The first option is a $220 million complete restoration of the cathedral to its original glory. While this is the most expensive option and could take the longest, heritage supporters say it’s the only way forward….

…The second option is a $180 million re-interpretation of the original gothic revival building in modern materials….

…The third option is the real surprise, a $74 million contemporary structure with a sculptural spire. …

A web site has been set up with pictures and detailed descriptions of each of the designs and offering a chance for input.

We all remember ChristChurch Cathedral as a place that people came to worship at from across the city and across the world; it was a place for the hosting of civic occasions and a space that those passing by could come into and enjoy a time of quiet reflection.

We are all waiting for this to become a reality again.

We hope for a space that tells of the glory of God, and is open and welcoming to the entire community. Over the past 18 months we have engaged in conversation with the Diocese and the wider community about the future of the Cathedral – and we are now seeking your feedback on three design options which will help us to reach a final decision.

Over the next month there will be, in addition to the electronic feedback, two public forums, one is Auckland and one in Christchurch, with the public comment phase ending May 3rd.


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