Otago Daily Times
Early benefits in repairs at cathedral
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.