War memorials repaired for Anzac Day

Last updated 05:00 25/03/2013
Bridge of Remembrance
Don Scott
UNDER REPAIR: The Bridge of Remembrance will remain closed until 2015.

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Two of Christchurch's quake-damaged war memorials are expected to be repaired in time for Anzac Day, but the city's most iconic - the Bridge of Remembrance and Triumphal Arch - will remain closed for a further two years.

Christchurch City Council transport and greenspace manager John Mackie said work would start this week on the Burwood War Memorial on New Brighton Rd, which was partly dismantled a year ago.

The remaining steps and base will be replaced with new steps before the original granite memorial is replaced. The work is expected to take four to five weeks.

Final repairs were under way on the Heathcote War Memorial, involving re-attaching small pieces that chipped off during the quakes.

Mackie said a repair plan for the quake-damaged Bridge of Remembrance and Triumphal Arch was nearly finalised with work to get under way midway through this year.

The bridge was expected to reopen to public access by April 2015.

Repairs to the arch involve inserting steel reinforcement and improving the foundations, which will allow the structure to rock in a controlled way in any future earthquakes.

The stonework on both the arch and bridge will be repaired and reinstated.

Parts of the bridge were hoped to be open "in some form" for use to mark the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, in August next year, Mackie said.

Other repairs scheduled for the coming weeks include:

The concrete surround of Pigeon Bay War Memorial.

The historic waterfall at the historic Edmonds Factory Garden in Phillipstown, which was extensively cracked during the earthquakes.

Two marble statues from Cunningham House and Townend House in the Botanic Gardens are having their heads reattached.

Anzac Day is on April 25.

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