Cathedral severely damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes, particularly in February 2011 when the tower and spire collapsed. On 13 June 2011 the west elevation was badly damaged causing the full collapse of the iconic rose window.
2010 and 2011
Cathedral deconsecrated to allow ‘make safe’ work to begin.
As safety access allowed, approximately 70 per cent of the stained-glass windows were removed and stored, with remaining windows protected where possible.
For safety reasons the tower was deconstructed under the supervision of engineers, a heritage professional and an archaeologist.
Cathedral Working Group Established
The Cathedral Working Group was established by the Government and Church Property Trustees to investigate and recommend a viable way forward, their report recommended reinstatement.
Endorsed by Synod
Synod endorses an agreed solution to enable as much of the Cathedral’s remaining historic and cultural significance as possible to be retained and reinstated.
Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Act 2017 assented.
Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust established to receive the Government's financial contributions totalling $25m.
Joint Venture Agreement Signed
Joint Venture Agreement signed.
Royal Patron Confirmed
HRH The Prince of Wales confirmed as Royal Patron during his visit to Christ Church Cathedral.
Work commences at the cathedral with a site blessing.