The Arts Centre Restoration


The Arts Centre of Christchurch Te Matatiki Toi Ora, is one of New Zealand’s most significant clusters of heritage buildings. The current restoration programme is the largest of its type in the world and is served by a large multidisciplinary project team committed to deliver the future vision for the site. The entire site is listed as Category 1 on the Heritage New Zealand historic places register.

RCP was appointed Project Manager in 2014 and provides strategic advice and end-to-end project management across the entire portfolio.

This massive restoration programme will immaculately restore the heritage features of these unique Gothic Revival buildings, while fitting them out with the latest modern infrastructure. The seismic upgrade and reinvention of 24 large masonry buildings is globally recognised as ground breaking, recognised by multiple national and international structural and heritage awards – including the prestigious UNESCO Asia Pacific award for Block C in 2017.

RCP has introduced the use of the NEC4 contract framework for Stage Two of this $290m restoration to promote collaboration and to best manage the unique practical and commercial challenges of the project. This framework is a NZ first and includes the NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract Option C (target contract with activity schedule).

Stage Two works involve restoring and converting the blocks that contain the observatory and the former engineering, physics and biology buildings and are expected to be completed by the Q1 2022. Key components of this stage include the delivery of a new 33-room boutique arts hotel and observatory tower (1896) and a multi-purpose events centre within the former engineering building.