The Unholy Row Over ChristChurch Cathedral

When the Anglican Church announced its deconstruction plans on March 1, 2012, it emphasised the high costs and the unacceptable risks of restoration in a press release that made no fewer than 11 references to safety, injury risk, and the cathedral being a dangerous building. With most of the cathedral still standing, Mark Belton just didn’t buy it. He phoned around engineers and heritage experts to get their take on prospects for fixing the cathedral and, without exception, they said it was possible. “There was this credibility gap and that’s what fired me.”