Re­build­ing op­tions for Christchurch Cathe­dral un­veiled

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A STRAW poll of del­e­gates to the 13 April 2013 meet­ing of Christchurch dioce­san Synod has voted to sup­port a pro­posal to re­build the city’s earth­quake rav­aged Cathe­dral us­ing a con­tem­po­rary de­sign.

Last week the Dio­cese of Christchurch and its Church Prop­erty Tr us­tees un­veiled three de­signs: a full restora­tion of the orig­i­nal Nine­teenth cen­tury Gothic cathe­dral, re­build­ing the Cathe­dral ac­cord­ing to its orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions but us­ing mod­ern con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, or a con­tem­po­rary new de­sign.

A show of hands from the ap­prox­i­mately 200 mem­bers of the synod pres­ence showed over­whelm­ing sup­port for the con­tem­po­rary de­sign due to its cheaper cost, mod­ern look, and the sym­bol­ism of a re-born dio­cese.

The dio­cese re­ports the “pray­ing hands” style Cathe­dral would fea­ture a re­stored rose win­dow on the west­ern glass wall, and a glass and steel bell tower. Es­ti­mated to cost be­tween NZ $56 mil­lion to NZ $74 mil­lion the re­build­ing project is ex­pected to take from 5 to 10 years. Earth­quake in­surance pay­ments will con­trib­ute NZ $30 mil­lion to­wards the cost of re­build­ing.

Christchurch’s Church Prop­erty Tr us­tees will make a fi­nal de­ci­sion as to the form the new Cathe­dral will take. It has launched a web­site www.cathe­dral­con­ver­sa­tions.org.nz to so­licit feed­back from the com­mu­nity on its wishes as well. A se­ries of pub­lic fo­rums led by Bishop Vic­to­ria Matthews is sched­uled for the coming weeks to present op­tions to the wider com­mu­nity. Com­ments posted at the web­site in­di­cated ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic like the con­tem­po­rary de­sign also.

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