Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018 : Public Realm – Saved and Restored Award

Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018 :

Public Realm - Saved and Restored Award    - Proudly sponsored by Mapei


The Clock Tower, The Arts Centre of Christchurch
Entrant: The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust
One of the central city’s most significant landmarks, the Clock Tower Block at the Arts Centre of Christchurch was designed by colonial architect Benjamin Mountfort for Canterbury College, later the University of Canterbury, in 1877. Damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes the Clock Tower block has been restored and fully strengthened by the Arts Centre’s team with careful attention to the minutiae of detail to ensure that its built form and patina of age have remained intact. As the entry stated the restoration has matched the Clock Tower’s “…status in civic life and communal memory.”

Highly Commended:

Sign of the Takahe
Entrant: Christchurch City Council
With careful consideration to conservation principles, the Council’s team for this building has delivered an excellent repair and conservation project for this landmark building. Constructed between 1918 and 1948, the original 30 year phased building period had meant a variety of construction methods making its repair and seismic upgrade a complex project that has required innovative planning to achieve a high-level heritage outcome to ensure its longevity into the future.

Memorial Shrine
Entrant: Christchurch Boys' High School
The 1926 unreinforced stone masonry structure of the Memorial Shrine was extensively damaged by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The Shrine is a very important memorial as it acknowledges the sacrifices of the 142 school old boys that lost their lives in WW1. The damage, primarily to the high level parapets of the Memorial Shrine, proved

challenging and the repairs required a complex engineering solution and specialised stone mason work. The project aim of restoration has been achieved and today the Memorial Shrine can rightly assume its place and role as the memorial to the 142 school old boys – we will remember them.

Entrant: The Stone Company
Being the last surviving colonial commercial building in Christchurch’s CBD, it is of great significance that Shand’s continue to survive and be a connector to history for the city. This small timber building has been a witness to Christchurch’s changing fortunes, from pioneering days to urbanisation, from destruction to reconstruction. On a new site and linked to Trinity Church, Shand’s has been carefully restored, giving what has been described as a dogged little building a new lease of life.


Spreydon Lodge
Entrant: Danne Mora Holdings Limited
This early colonial two storey timber dwelling was in a poor state of maintenance and had also suffered seismic foundation and internal damage. Sited on what has become a large subdivision development the decision was made by Danne Mora Holdings to retain and fully restore it and site it in a large garden setting within this development. Close to the main Halswell Road it will remain as a visible local heritage landmark.

Midland Club Building
Entrant: Three Sixty Architecture Ltd
Perhaps known to most of you as the Caffe Roma building, the heritage listed Midland Club on Oxford Terrace was rescued, restored and earthquake strengthened by a team of dedicated owners, architects, engineers, and craftspeople to bring the building back to life. Significantly many of the original internal features, including the caged period lift, leadlight windows, fireplaces and an impressive staircase have all been retained.

Boys’ High Building, Worcester Boulevard
Entrant: The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust
Dating from 1881 the former Boys’ High building at the Arts Centre is now fully restored, strengthened, tenanted and alive with activity returning it once again to its significant status within our central city’s public realm. Many once hidden treasures of the building have been revealed through this restoration and the magnificent turret rebuilt with exacting attention to detail.

Dean’s Farm Building
Entrant: Christchurch Boys' High School
The Dean’s Farm Building at Christchurch Boys’ High School suffered extreme damage and adversity through the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as well as fire damage caused by arson in 2016. Pleasingly the School Board recognised the significance of the buildings and approved restoration. Today the result is a beautifully restored heritage complex which showcases the history of the site and school. The use of the buildings for the school purposes of today are testament to the school’s dedication and commitment to heritage.


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