Christchurch Cathedral

RCP provided Design Management Services and is currently providing Project Management Services for the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project, both in secondment roles.

Following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand, RCP was employed by the Anglican Diocese to oversee the recovery programme. It involved helping them to determine what to do about both the Cathedral and the Square. Following this work, in 2019 Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited approached RCP to provide design management services for the Concept Design phase, these services were then extended to the Main Cathedral and Tower Developed Design phase. As stabilisation got under way in May 2020, CCRL requested further secondment support for construction phase project management.

The overall project includes reinstatement of the much-loved Christ Church Cathedral including seismically strengthening the existing Cathedral building, this includes a base isolation system to ensure future earthquake resilience and heritage longevity. A new Tower, new Cathedral Centre for the Cathedral mission and Visitors’ Centre which locates a ground level café on the north side with terraced steps leading down to a landscaped courtyard, museum and retail area completes the Cathedral Quarter.

Christ Church Cathedral has been described as one of the most complex heritage reinstatement projects in New Zealand, due to the vulnerability of the structure and implications to health and safety. Given the extensive damage, the main cathedral is considered a dangerous building and requires significant stabilisation before reinstatement activities can commence safely. The projects estimated completion date is mid-2027, with Strengthening activities commencing early 2022.