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Heritage features will combine with
safety and space in rebuilt church
By ABBIE NAPIER
THE VISION: Project manager Ron Keating inside the damaged church. INSET IMAGES: Knox Church before the earthquakes, left. Top, an artist's
impression of the new building. Photos: WILKIE AND BRUCE ARCHITECTS
IT IS not easy to take a heritage-listed
church, partially destroyed by earth-
quakes, and get it up to 100 per cent of
the building code.
But Christchurch s Knox Church par-
ish and project manager Ron Keating
will do just that.
It is hoped building will begin by the
middle of next year.
The 110-year-old church on the corner
of Bealey Ave and Victoria St was badly
damaged in the September 2010 quake.
The little that remained standing was
hit hard again in February 2011.
Knox Church is listed as a Category 2
heritage building. Despite the loss of
most of the brick walls, the original rimu
and kauri roof remains intact.
Ron Keating has been a parishioner
there for 49 years.
The former Waimakariri District
mayor has a long history in project man-
agement, and has put his skills to use to
get the rebuild under way.
He and the parish were determined to
save as much of the heritage fabric as
possible, while bringing it to 100 per cent
of the building code.
I think it s going to be a great combin-
ation of respecting the heritage and
using modern materials to make it safe,
Mr Keating said.
It will be built to a very high stan-
The new design aims to maximise the
views of the heritage ceiling.
Large clear windows will be installed
giving postcard glimpses of the sweeping
The exterior shell will protect what s
left of the inside, and will be made
largely of copper sheeting and glass.
The new design will cost a total of
about $4.2 million, plus a $400,000 organ
Mr Keating said the parish had
designed the rebuild to maximise the
space, and event hosting would be
encouraged. The city council gave
resource consent in October.
We want this space to be used by the
community for concerts and performan-
ces, Mr Keating said.
Insurance and heritage grants would
cover most of the build, but $1.2 million
would be fundraised, starting in the new
year. Mr Keating hopes to put the work
out to tender in February, with construc-
tion finishing early in 2014.
We re getting to the really exciting
stage now, Mr Keating said.
It s all go.
a great success
Ashgrove School's Santa's
Grotto is over for 2012 and was
a huge success, with more than
2500 people through the door
over the three days it was open,
and more than 200 family
portraits taken with Santa. The
organisers say plans are already
under way for the 2013 grotto,
which will run over a longer
period next time, so no-one
Clarkville kids have
stake in facilities
Children from the discovery
class at Clarkville School have
been investigating community
facilities in Kaiapoi,
brainstorming what they would
like to see in the area, and
fundraising for new facilities.
They came together in the
Rangiora Library on Tuesday to
present mayor David Ayers with
the money they have raised for
the Kaiapoi library, BMX track
and aquatic centre.
Toot for Tucker
Organisers of last weekend's
Toot for Tucker foodraising effort
say they are blown away by the
generosity of Rangiora
residents, who came together to
provide the Salvation Army
foodbank with more than three
times more food than was
gathered in the inaugural event
last year. The initiative was
supported by the Rangiora Lions
Club and Salvation Army
volunteers, along with the
Waikuku Beach volunteer fire
brigade, which supplied lots of
help and two fire engines.
Dead man named
The man who died when his car
crashed into a red-zoned house
in Kaiapoi last week has been
named as Peter Gray of
Christchurch. A St John
spokesman said he had been
confirmed dead at the scene and
a statement from police said
there were indications that a
medical mishap may have been
Foul play ruled out
Police have ruled out foul play in
the death of Christchurch man
Shane Bell, who was found in a
burnt-out car in Dunlops Rd, near
Loburn. His death has been
referred to the coroner.
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