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Friday, March 2, 2012

Christ Church Cathedral - demolition update

Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews has released a media statement on what is intended to be done to the Cathedral. It will be deconstructed to a level of 2 to 3 metres, using great care and avoiding heavy equipment.

The Bishop's media statement is here. It concludes with a Q&A section covering the following issues:
  • What was the decision making process?
  • Why is this decision happening now?
  • How long will the process take?
  • What is the financial situation?
  • What is happening with donations for the Cathedral?
  • Why is the Diocese spending money doing this work on the Cathedral?
  • What other buildings has the Diocese also been dealing with in this same time period?
  • What has been saved from the Cathedral already?
  • What are you hoping to save from the cathedral?
  • What of the Miyamoto proposal?
  • Why has no international expertise been sought?
  • What does “controlled demolition” actually mean?
  • When will the public be allowed access to the site?
  • Are there any plans to build a new Cathedral on the same site?
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