A Cathedral-friendly Make-Safe plan

Treating the disease without killing the patient

NOTE:  The drawings here are schematic.  Many details have been omited for clarity.  All elements are being craned into place from above.  Workers are working safely above the building without depending on the building for support.   Each step makes the Cathedral more stable, each step can be installed from a area that has already been stabilized and made safe.  Debris inside can be cleared away from the post sites with remotely controlled skid-steers. 

"Beach-head" frame built away from Cathedral and set into place with crane. Note: catwalk for worker access
"beach-head" frame installed. Ballast blocks in position
Roof dissassembled partially to allow interior posts to be installed from above through roof
Girts installed by fishing through roof openings. Bolted to "beach-head" frame through window openings, clamping wall together
Flying braces connect to Clerestory level, provide safe access for workers
Outer post at Clerestory. Note catwalk for roof access
Inner Clerestory post installed through roof
Upper girts fished into place through roof and bolted through window openings
Cross section through the whole building. Red line is a cable to provide bracing in tension down to anchors at ground level

Want to Help?

Ring the Cathedral office (03)366 0046  or email Admin@ChristchurchCathedral.co.nz and leave a message of support for the plan.  Offer to help as work crew, cooking, logistics, or any other way you can help.  Donate financially too.


Contact the Mayor and your Councillors and urge them to cooperate with the Cathedral and support the plan fully.  Follow this link: 




IMPORTANT:  Ask the Church to stabalize and reinforce the Cathedral .   Refrain from further demolition of the Cathedral until this plan can be fully considered.




Bishop announces deconstruction of Cathedral.

OK...the Bishop has anounced that the Cathedral is to be deconstructed.  Have a read of the Open Letter to Christchurch and see if that decision makes sense to you.   If not, work with us...and find ways to change minds and hearts and save the Cathedral for future generations and the service of God.

Timber Framer's Guild and UK Carpenter's Fellowship pledge support


The Timber Framers Guild (Canada and US) together with the UK Carpenter's fellowship have offered their full support to this proposal and have offered to help augment the skills and resources of Canterbury.  They offer to assist by using their member's skills and efforts to prefabricate and help to assemble and raise the needed timber framed sections of the Steeple. 


Visit their web sites for more information: www.TFGuild.org and www.CarpentersFellowship.co.uk.