Crown signs with church to progress Christ Church Cathedral restoration
"Significant progress" has been made on the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral barely a week after the Anglican synod voted to save the building.
Pledges, along with the earthquake-damaged church's insurance proceeds of nearly $42 million, amount to about $90m of the estimated $104m restoration cost.
Greater Christchurch Building Trust trustee David Morrell praised the quick work of Bishop Victoria Matthews and Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Nicky Wagner since the decision to restore was made last weekend.
Wagner said on Friday that "significant progress" had already been made as she and Matthews had signed an agreement "outlining the project's commercial, financial and legal terms".
"The [new] ChristChurch Cathedral Restoration Trust will be responsible for fundraising and managing the project, alongside the Church Property Trustees," she said.
"Work is already under way to set up an establishment group to develop the joint venture structure and a project plan that reflects the recommendations of the Christ Church Cathedral Working Group."
The group would help determine who else should be involved in restoration.
"We've also begun looking into the legislation required to streamline consenting and approval processes," Wagner said.
"It's important we get these structures and processes in place so we can begin work on site as quickly as possible.
"While I'm keen to maintain this momentum, the general election is just around the corner, so there's likely to be a settling-in period, whatever the outcome."
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