Christ Church Cathedral working group cost $443,000

The cathedral has been open to the elements and home to pigeons for about six years.
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The cathedral has been open to the elements and home to pigeons for about six years.

The working group tasked by the Government to break deadlock on the Christ Church Cathedral has cost $443,000, including $212,000 spent on fees for structural engineers, heritage architects, quantity surveyors and project management experts.

The working group has also spent $49,600 on legal fees, $35,300 on communications advice and $59,800 on fundraising experts. Working group members have been paid $63,800, although two of the five members did not claim fees for the work. Travel for the group came to $6900.

The breakdown of the costs was revealed in an Official Information Act response from Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee.

The Christ Church Cathedral has been sitting derelict in the city centre for six years.
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The Christ Church Cathedral has been sitting derelict in the city centre for six years.

The working group was tasked by the Government in July to find a solution for the cathedral, which has been sitting derelict in central Christchurch for nearly six years since the deadly earthquake that struck the city on February 22, 2011.

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It was asked to identify "feasible, achievable and fully-costed options to progress the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral".

Working group chairman Geoff Dangerfield said in September that "reinstatement" meant a "mixture of restoration, repair and rebuild".

The group made non-binding recommendations for restoration of the building to the Government and Anglican church trustees on November 28.

Church Property Trustees and the Government are negotiating the structure of a deal that will restore the earthquake-damaged cathedral.

The Government has intervened to break deadlock over the derelict building as it is holding up post-quake redevelopment of Christchurch's city centre.

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The negotiations are focused on how the restoration will be funded. About $42 million will come from the Anglicans, campaign group Great Christchurch Buildings Trust has pledged to raise $15m from donors and about $10m has been offered by the Government.

 - Stuff

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