Cardboard cathedral gets consent

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 17:06 23/07/2012
cardboard

PLACE OF WORSHIP: An artist's rendering of the cardboard cathedral.

Relevant offers

Christchurch earthquake

National Portrait: Earth's rumblings a fascination for scientist Dr Ken Gledhill Government's 'third power' move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used. Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties 'Overkill' central Christchurch intersection has 19 lights Home owners aghast at fee for Southern Response class action Court of Appeal seeks to rein in 'shemozzle' arising from CTV building case Christchurch Dilemmas: Taking power back in Christchurch Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Building consent for Christchurch's cardboard cathedral has been approved, with preparation for the structure's foundations to start tomorrow.

The building is a replacement for the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.

Cathedral spokesman Craig Dixon said the approval was "fantastic".

"After twelve long months, to know that we are about to build, is fantastic. There are still challenges ahead. In the end, the story of this build will be one of shared effort and generosity by businesses, groups and individuals, together, creating a sign of hope for our city and region," he said.

The building will be funded by insurance money from the old Christ Church Cathedral building.

Dixon said the money was enough to start construction, but he was hoping to receive more funds from fundraising in the future.

"We will need to find more money, but we are confident we will finish the building.

Dixon said the cost of the foundations is far more than originally planned because of new safety requirements.

He estimated the foundations will cost $600,000 instead of the previous estimate of up to $150,000.

The project has received some donations from the public and also from the All Churches Trust in Britain, which donated $100,000.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content