After being devastated in the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, the City's Trinity Congregational Church building on the corner of Manchester and Worcester streets is breathing new life after a comprehensive restoration and addition.
Forming a unique heritage grouping of both Christchurch’s oldest CBD stone church, and oldest timber structure, Trinity Church and Shands Emporium are being preserved thanks to the close collaboration of The Christchurch Heritage Trust and their building partners.
After being devastated in the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, the City’s Trinity Congregational Church building on the corner of Manchester and Worcester streets is breathing new life after a comprehensive restoration. This restoration project required constant vigilance to meet stakeholder expectations around cost, structural integrity, and preservation of the heritage qualities of the building.
The existing shotcrete covering the interior stone walls was removed and the stone was carefully strengthened. A new floor slab was laid and piling was carried out at the North end of the building to accommodate the future reconstruction of the Church tower. A new high level concrete bond beam was constructed running the perimeter of the church. This involved careful deconstruction of the remaining stone where required for access, then reconstruction of this and the stonework to the North, East & West Gables. The skill and attention to detail of the stonemasons was a wonder to behold.
A new plywood diaphragm and structural connections were added to the roof structure, and new Welsh Slate tile roofing was installed. Rotten sarking and timber framing was replaced and new timber and blockwork walls were constructed to the South gable, housing the new services & servery area.
Modernisation of the Church’s fire protection system was carried out, including a sprinkler system hidden behind the vaulted ceiling.