Red-zoned church wins heritage gong

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 09:56 14/09/2012
Trinity Congregational Church
Iain McGregor

FENCED OFF: The badly damaged Trinity Congregational Church remains within the central city red zone.

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A red-zoned central Christchurch church came out top in this year's heritage awards.

At the Canterbury Heritage Awards, announced last night, the Trinity Congregational Church won the supreme award and the heritage retention award.

The church, on the corner of Manchester and Worcester streets, was designed by Benjamin Mountfort, the architect behind Christ Church Cathedral and the Provincial Council Buildings.

In 2006, the building was transformed into Octagon Live, a restaurant with live music.

It suffered $600,000 of damage in the September 2010 earthquake but reopened within two months after repairs.

The 2010 Boxing Day quake caused further damage, but urgent repairs saw it reopened a day later.

 The building had been quake-strengthened in 1975, but suggested strenghtening of the tower, which would have damaged the wooden shutters, was refused permission by the Historic Places Trust at the time.

It was severely damaged in February 2011 and remains within the city's red zone. However, it is considered saveable by engineers.

 The full list of last night's award winners:

- Heritage Management Services Heritage Retention Award - Trinity Congregational Church.

- Fortis Construction Heritage Restoration Award - Whites Accommodation House.

- Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Heritage Tourism Award - Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum.

- Christchurch Heritage Trust Heritage Champion Award - Peter Beaven.

- The Press Heritage Landscape Award - Otahuna Lodge, Tai Tapu.

- Ceres NZ Seismic Award - Equal winners: Old Government Building at the Heritage Hotel and The Malthouse Theatre.

- Supreme Award - Trinity Congregational Church.

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