Mairehau and Rangiora Churches and Catholic Social Services building are deemed earthquake prone

Churches unable to be used at this time

4 May 2012

Preliminary engineering assessments of Our Lady of Fatima Church (Mairehau) and St Mary and Francis de Sales Church (Rangiora) and the Catholic Social Services building has revealed that all three buildings are earthquake prone.

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A preliminary engineering assessment of the Church of St Mary & St Francis De Sales has revealed that the building is earthquake prone and requires remedial work in order to meet appropriate building standards and allow it to be re-occupied, in the meantime the church is closed until further notice.

The following actions will shortly be undertaken:

1. The Church will have a 2 metre high fence erected at a safe distance from the building edge.

2. The Church cannot be occupied and the fencing will remain in place whilst more permanent solutions are investigated in association with structural engineers from Opus International Consultants.

3. The Chervier Centre will be available whilst the church remains closed.

Click here to see arrangements for Sunday Mass

Download a map of the Sts Mary and Francis de Sales cordon zone

Inform 75.pdf Community Statement - Rangiora Church - 3.5.12.pdf


 

Our Lady of Fatima, Mairehau

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A preliminary engineering assessment of Our Lady of Fatima Church (Mairehau) has revealed that the building is earthquake prone. Whilst engineering solutions and the future of the building are considered the Church will remain out of use and shall be fenced to prohibit access.

The Hall has also been assessed and requires remedial work in order to meet appropriate building standards and allow it to

be re-occupied. A schedule of temporary strengthening works has been produced for consideration by structural engineers. It is envisaged that the strengthening works once underway will take a minimum of two weeks to complete.

The following actions have been and/or will shortly be undertaken:

1. The installation of a temporary fence around the Church building to include the closure of the current school entrance (West of Church, Red outline) (3rd May 2012).

2. The fence will remain in place whilst more permanent solutions are investigated in association with structural engineers from Opus International Consultants.

3. Traffic management changes to include all vehicle and foot traffic moved to between Church and Presbytery, with crowd barriers and appropriate signage to separate pedestrians from cars & guide visitors safely through the site, (Blue outline). (East of Church). For more information please refer to the Traffic Management Plan.

4. Please take care when driving and walking around the site. Pedestrians must walk within the defined walkway adjacent to the Church.

5. Existing one-way system for vehicles entering the site to stay in place.

6. Existing Car Parking arrangements to remain in place (apart from the loss of parking to the west of the Church).

7. Movement of the container from next to the hall, to the Eastern edge of the sports court to allow sufficient space and installation of brace strengthening.

8. Strengthening of the Hall to be undertaken.

Click here to see arrangements for Sunday Mass

Download a map of the Our Lady of Fatima Church and the cordon zone, and the Traffic Management Plan

Inform 75.pdf Community Statement - OLF Church Mairehau 2.5.12.pdf

Inform 75.pdf OLF Traffic Management Plan 2.5.12.pdf

 

Catholic Social Services

The Catholic Social Services building located at 336 Cashel Street has been temporarily shut based on the advice of OPUS Structural Engineers due to being deemed earthquake prone.

Further investigation into these matters is required with a view to developing repair solutions to raise it above the standard of an earthquake prone building.

OPUS engineers expect to undertake these investigations and provide a report and recommendations within a couple of weeks

Alternative arrangements have been made for counselling services and programmes to continue as best as they are able to in the circumstances.  The agency's telephone number remains active (03-379 0012) and is cleared regularly.

 


 

1st February 2012

St Peter's Church, Beckenham and St Anne's Church, Woolston unable to be used in the meantime

 

In recent days there have been two additional churches in Christchurch that are currently unable to be used.

The two churches are Beckenham and Wooston.

Beckenham

OPUS engineers have made inspections and assessments of the church have identified potential weaknesses that they are investigating further at this time.   For this reason the church is unable to be used and cordoned off.  It is considered that there is minimal risk to the school and people outside this cordon but there should be no congregating or parking   close to the church (within 3m).

The church will likely remain closed for some time and in the meantime access to the church should be limited to two people at a time for short periods only.

Mass services will be held in the Parish Centre until further notice.

Click here to see a map of the cordon.
 

 

Woolston

OPUS engineers have made inspections and assessments of the church and have identified a potential weakness that they are investigating further at this time. It is considered that the NE wall of the church may fail in a significant quake. (Some fresh damage to the wall has been noted since 23 December).

For this reason part of the area around the church has been cordoned which will make a school block closest to the church wall off limits.

It is considered that there is minimal risk to people outside this cordon but there should be no congregating close to the NE wall.

OPUS are looking into the possibility of a temporary propping solution to allow the church to re-open, which would involve an internal brace and some containers outside – possibly affecting the veggie garden. We will know early next week whether this is a viable option after we've inspected the building further.

If temporary propping is able to be undertaken it will take 10-14 days to complete this before we can re-open the church. In the meantime access to the church should be limited to two people at a time for short periods only.

Click here to see a map of the cordon.