The Cathedral Project: A Taranaki Taonga

What is The Cathedral Project?

The closure of Taranaki Cathedral in January 2016 due to earthquake strengthening has awakened the region to its historical and cultural value.

We are raising funds for a single cathedral precinct with worship, mission, education, visitor hospitality and tourism facilities, all accommodated on the beautiful and historically significant site in New Plymouth.

 

How much will it cost?

The total project cost is $15 million. The Project will start once substantial funds are in place.

How long will it take?

In total this will be a five-year project – but we want the Cathedral re-opened much sooner.

How will the Cathedral be strengthened?

The earthquake strengthening work is significant but will be largely hidden from view.

The preliminary design shows there will be a new roof constructed over a web of steel frames all hidden from below by the existing timber ceiling.

A concrete beam will be poured along the top of the stone walls with fixings to connect the huge timber trusses to the walls.

Stones either side of the beam will conceal this strong modern construction. Steel pins will be inserted within the thick stone walls in to new concrete foundations and a specialised grout injected into the cavity of the massive walls to strengthen them.

The techniques involved have been used in similar stone buildings in Christchurch, and have been acknowledged by Heritage New Zealand as an effective solution. To see pictures and read more about what the interior will look like go here.

 

 

Want to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about the project and it's vision, please give Jan Mason, our Campaign Manager a call, or Cathy Thurston, our fundraising lead. If interested Jan can set up an information meeting with the Dean or the Remediation Manager and/or send you our campaign brochure. Jan -  021 020 33888, Cathy 027 2410458

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Funding announcement 'fantastic boost' for Cathedral project

Taranaki Cathedral Dean Peter Beck says a Government announcement today to invest up to $5 million for the development of the Cathedral is a “fantastic boost” for the project. “This is fabulous and gives some certainty around the future of our historic Cathedral,” Dean Peter said. “We are greatly appreciative and excited by this announcement. “There is still a lot of work to be done and we are truly thankful for the tremendous support the New Plymouth and wider Taranaki... read more

New Plymouth Bridge Club boosts project funds

The Taranaki Cathedral’s significance to the community and its vision for the future has led the New Plymouth Bridge Club to make a generous $2800 donation towards The Cathedral Project. Each year the club selects a local charity or community organisation as the recipient of money raised at the President’s Charity Night, and this time The Cathedral Project was chosen. The New Plymouth Bridge Club’s immediate past president Murray Carter said more than 120 people took part in the fun evening,... read more

A warm welcome to all

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