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Knox Church rebuild will be
best of heritage and modern
By ABBIE NAPIER
THE VISION: Project manager Ron Keating inside the damaged church. INSET: Knox Church before the earthquakes.
THE NEW: An artist's impression of
the new building.
Photo: WILKIE AND BRUCE ARCHITECTS
IT IS not easy to take a heritage
listed church, partially destroyed
by earthquakes, and get it up to
100 per cent of the building code.
But Knox Church parish 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.
What little remained standing
was hit hard again in February
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 par-
ishioner there for 49 years.
The former Waimakariri Dis-
trict Mayor has a long history in
project management, and has put
his skills to use in getting the
rebuild under way.
He and the parish were deter-
mined to save as much of the heri-
tage fabric as possible, while
building it to 100 per cent of the
I think it s going to be a great
combination of respecting the
heritage and using modern
materials to make it safe, Mr
It will be built to a very high
The new design aims to maxi-
mise the views of the heritage ceil-
Large clear windows will be
installed giving postcard glimpses
of the sweeping ceiling arches.
The exterior shell will protect
what s left of the inside, and will
be made largely of copper sheeting
The new design will cost a total
of about $4.2 million, plus a
$400,000 organ restoration.
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
We want this space to be used
by the community for concerts and
performances, 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 construction finishing early
We re getting to the really
exciting stage now, Mr Keating
It s all go.
Plea after body found
The body found in a burnt-out car
in North Canterbury on Sunday is
believed to be that of Christchurch
man Shane Malcolm Bell, 28, a
self-employed car salesman.
Police are appealing for any
information about his movements
last week. Detective Senior
Sergeant Brian Archer said the
last reported sighting of Mr Bell
was at his home in Dallington last
Thursday morning. Five bullet
holes in the silver 1989 Subaru
Legacy were fired by recreational
shooters in the Loburn area, who
assumed the vehicle had been
dumped. The case is no longer a
Beach dog control
Dog owners are warned to keep
their dogs under control on
Christchurch beaches from now till
March 1, 9am till 7pm. Dogs are
not allowed within 100 metres of a
surf club at most beaches, unless
passing through leashed and
controlled. Signs at the high tide
marks spell out specific rules.
Christchurch Airport has been
voted International Airport of the
Year by respected magazine Travel
Today. Another large new area of
the terminal was opened
yesterday. The final work should
be completed mid-March.
Hagley Oval works
A redeveloped Hagley Oval was
included in the Christchurch
Central Recovery Plan so the
Government could fast-track
consents if Christchurch won
World Cup hosting rights. The city
council released the information
this week to clarify the issue. The
recovery plan does not compel the
city council to give approval to the
development of the oval as an
international cricket venue. Legally
the council cannot do anything
inconsistent with the plan. The
plan states Hagley Oval can be
turned into a venue capable of
hosting domestic cricket matches
and tests, with floodlights for
limited-over internationals. It also
allows for a new pavilion and a
raised embankment with a
spectator capacity of 15,000 to
20,000. If the city wins its bid for
games, those consents will have
to be completed by October next
year and the facilities in place by
the end of 2014.
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