Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019
Christchurch’s CBD is about to become home to a new Catholic Cathedral and a five-star hotel. The $500 million development, known as ‘North of The Square’, will cover two large blocks of land that have been empty since 2011.
A new school and 600-space parking building will also be constructed. The hotel is expected to be completed by 2023, and the cathedral by 2025 – 14 years after the quake. It’s being described as the final piece of the jigsaw, connecting Avon River to both Cathedral Square and a performing arts precinct.
Bishop Paul Martin said that it is my desire for the cathedral to be in the heart of the city, where the Catholic community of Christchurch can visit on a daily basis to pray and reflect and for the church to be able to play a part in re-energising the life of the city.
The new cathedral will be a cornerstone of the recently announced new five-parish structure for the city and will see the amalgamation of the existing Mairehau and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral parishes into this central city site.
The heritage category 1 Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was severely damaged during the Christchurch earthquakes, the bishop deeming it too expensive to restore.