Church chooses architects for new Christchurch cathedral

The former Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch was severely damaged in a 2011 earthquake and has since been largely demolished (CNS/David Wethey, NZPA)

New Zealand’s Christchurch Diocese has appointed architects to design a new cathedral as part of a $93 million precinct in central Christchurch. Source:

Christchurch firm Warren and Mahoney Architects and American firm Franck & Lohsen Architects have been unveiled as the team chosen to design the $37m cathedral on a block overlooking Victoria Square.

But the whole Catholic precinct – including the cathedral capable of seating 1000 people, an open courtyard, chancery offices, a garden and parking – will cost $93m. They hope to complete the project within five years.

The Christchurch cathedral was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes and has now been largely demolished.

Archbishop Paul Martin SM, who was Bishop of Christchurch and who was appointed in January as co-adjutor Archbishop of Wellington, said the diocese is considering selling the site of the former Catholic cathedral, along with other surplus land, to fund the new Catholic precinct. They also had to launch a fundraising campaign for the project.

Franck & Lohsen, which will lead the design work, specialises in Catholic architecture with a traditional design and has built churches all over the world. Archbishop Martin said the US firm was chosen because it had experience in building churches and favoured traditional designs like the now demolished cathedral.


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