Design team appointed for Christ Church Cathedral reinstatement

May 1, 2019
Warren and Mahoney is delighted to have been selected as lead architects for the Christ Church Cathedral reinstatement in partnership with international practice Snøhetta and local heritage architects Salmond Reed. Holmes Consulting will provide structural engineering expertise.

“We are honoured to be associated with this iconic part of Christchurch’s urban fabric. The Cathedral embraces the cultural and community values that Christchurch prides itself on, and Warren and Mahoney looks forward to working with the client and team to deliver this much anticipated project”, says Warren and Mahoney Principal and project lead, Peter Marshall.

Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL) Project Director Keith Paterson says having these key consultants on-board, and working collaboratively, means the design can progress on crucial elements such as the functional layout of the Cathedral, stabilisation and permanent reinstatement solutions.

“It’s the uniqueness of the project that has attracted a highly experienced and committed group of professionals who relish the challenge and understand the significance of the project. Both Holmes Consulting and Warren and Mahoney bring proven experience and insight from complex heritage projects, like the Christchurch Arts Centre” Mr Paterson says.

Jeremy Salmond (Salmond Reed Architects) will be the lead heritage architect and has a wealth of experience working to restore some of New Zealand’s most important heritage places.

Renowned Norwegian practice Snøhetta will contribute their international expertise to the design, collaborating with the team to ensure the design and integration of the new ancillary buildings is world class and maximises opportunity for the reinstatement project’s future viability.

Bishop Peter Carrell says, "It's exciting to know that significant progress is being made with these key appointments. The Diocese has worked with most of these experts previously and we know that they understand what the Cathedral means to Christchurch and to the Anglican church. Its reinstatement is vital to the rejuvenation of central Christchurch. With these announcements we are closer to the day when we reopen the Cathedral to welcome people of all faiths or none."

Chair of CCRL, Justin Murray says it’s hoped the design work on stabilisation will be completed by the end of this year.

“That will pave the way for early stabilisation work to begin on site, in the first quarter of 2020. Stabilisation of the Cathedral may take 12 to 18 months and will overlap with ongoing reinstatement design work. It’s vital at the end of this project that the Cathedral is a place that has value to the community and is a welcoming place for all.”

The full team will include:

Warren and Mahoney Architects – Lead Design
Salmond Reed Architects – Heritage Consultation
Snohetta – International Design
Powell Fenwick – Building Services
Holmes Fire - Fire
Marshall Day – Acoustic
Boffa Miskell – Landscape Design
Holmes Consulting - Structural Engineering