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.