Otago Daily Times

Early benefits in repairs at cathedral

- JOHN GIBB john.gibb@odt.co.nz

A NEW sound system and improved heating are among early features of a planned multimilli­ondollar revamp of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, after last year’s damaging fire.

Cathedral dean the Very Rev Dr Tony Curtis said the improved $50,000 sound system had been largely installed and it was hoped to complete repairs of the firedamage­d roof before Christmas.

Until then the roof remained protected by structural scaffoldin­g and a large tent covering, the latter lifted into place last November, after fire tore through the roof early on August 11.

Options for an improved heating system were being explored, and a temporary system would be used this winter, if a new system was not installed by then.

The roof repairs would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the overall repair and redevelopm­ent project, including planned improvemen­ts downstairs, was likely to cost several million dollars.

A scoping document, which would ‘‘give us a good idea of how much the work upstairs will cost’’ should be ready by early April.

A broadlybas­ed cathedral design reference group was being establishe­d to advise and consult on restoratio­n of the church interior.

‘‘We will be inviting representa­tives from the city and university to be part of this process, as well as members from Tikanga Pakeha and Tikanga Maori within the Anglican Church, and advocates for children and young people, including St Hilda’s Collegiate School and Selwyn College,’’ he said.

 ?? PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON ?? Positive future . . . The Very Rev Dr Tony Curtis, dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, stands in the pulpit. A streamline­d speaker, part of a sound system installed after last year’s fire, blends in with the stone column at the left of the hymn board.
PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON Positive future . . . The Very Rev Dr Tony Curtis, dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, stands in the pulpit. A streamline­d speaker, part of a sound system installed after last year’s fire, blends in with the stone column at the left of the hymn board.

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