The Dominion Post

Demolition for cathedral


The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchur­ch is to be demolished. Catholic bishop Paul Martin said the 113-year-old building was too expensive to restore and he favoured building a new one for about

$40 million on a central city site. He said the earthquake-damaged building in Barbadoes St would cost about $149m to fully restore, while saving the central part of it would cost $91m and would not be fit for purpose. The building would be demolished under a section 38 notice granted in August 2015. The notices were issued after the 2011 Canterbury earthquake­s so damaged and dangerous buildings could be cleared quickly. Martin said the estimate for restoring the cathedral had increased from $105m to $149m. The cathedral is a category one heritage building and heritage advocates have signalled a legal battle if the church opts for demolition.

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