A snapshot of what is happening in the Christchurch CBD, taken on 7th April 2013.
The fate of the earthquake-damaged Town Hall is still undecided. Figures in the media indicate a repair bill in the order of $127 million and a rebuild of $168 million.
Copthorne Hotel is set for demolition.
The fate of the Forsyth Barr building is undecided.
Chancery Arcade is awaiting demolition.
The deconstruction of The Cathedral was halted by a High Court order on 15 November. Demolition is to stop until a judicial review has taken place. The review was sought by the Great Christchurch Building Trust who argue the owners are under a legal obligation to restore the existing Cathedral. Currently the Cathedral Project Group for the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch is seeking feedback from Cantabrians about what they would like; to restore the old Cathedral, to have a traditional replacement, or to have a contemporary replacement. Photos of design options are here.
Repairs are continuing on the 14 storey hotel which was just one year old when the February 2011 earthquake struck. At a cost of $3.6 million, repairs will include repairing the hotel’s shear walls, replacing cracked exterior cladding on the north and south walls, and replacing windows facing west and south. It will be completely refurbished inside at an extra cost.
New Regent Street comprises 38 boutique shops and restaurants built in the Spanish mission style. It is due to reopen by the end of April after a $5 million restoration following earthquake damage. At some stage the city tram will once again rumble through this cobbled street.
The transitional Cathedral is being constructed with cardboard tubes, with a capacity of 700. It is the brainchild of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has designed similar projects for other devastated cities in the world. It is scheduled to open later this year, complete with a stained glass window at one end.
This section has recently been opened to pedestrian traffic, with a theme of brightly coloured road markings.
The remains of the demolished 13 storey Holiday Inn can be seen on the right (above).
The temporary Cashel Mall is still operating, where brightly painted shipping containers have been used as shops. It is a popular part of the city for both locals and tourists.
Originally built in 1908, the Isaac Theatre Royal has been a key performing arts venue for Christchurch, including ballet and opera. The all-but-demolished Edwardian theatre is going to cost around $32 million to rebuild, using the retained facade. A video about the rebuild progress is here.
Christchurch trams resume in November 2013, click here.