Cathedral decision planned for Feb

Last updated 18:49 03/12/2012
The Christ Church Cathedral.
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DAMAGED: The Christ Church Cathedral.

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Anglican leaders hope to make a decision on the future of the Christ Church Cathedral by the end of February.

Church Property Trustees (CPT) today submitted a document to the High Court on the trust's decision-making timetable.

The trust is planning to consider different cathedral design concepts, including maximum retention and a replica rebuild, partial deconstruction and a mix of 'old and new' based around the current building, or more extensive deconstruction and a building with more new elements.

The trust said it hoped to provide a copy of the building proposals to Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) for review in early January.

By late January the trust wanted to have design plans developed in more detail, based on consideration of financial implications and costs, consideration of heritage and safety and engineering matters, including options for deconstruction.

The trust would liase with the Christchurch City Council and Historic Places Trust on its plans, the document said.

The trust hoped to released a design plan to the public for feedback by late January, with a final decision on the cathedral's future made by the end of February.

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