Diocesan Earthquake update – May 2014
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Over the last three years the Catholic Diocese has been working with engineering consultants OPUS in assessing and learning to understand the impact that the earthquakes have had on Diocesan property. Also during that time the Diocesan Strategy Committee have also been assisting in the formulation of an overall plan looking at the number and location of both churches and schools in the Diocese. This work is still on-going, but good progress has been made.
To date there have been numerous meetings of parish priests and their advisors with Diocesan and OPUS personnel regarding the churches in their parish. These will continue as more information is gathered about each individual church.
What is the Diocese’s approach to getting churches repaired / strengthened?
The broad approach being taken by the Diocese is to get all churches in the Christchurch Diocese area assessed for repair / strengthening and from this assessment a concept plan is prepared by OPUS Consulting Engineers. A meeting is then held with the parish priest and his advisors to present and discuss Opus’ findings and concept plan. Their approval to go to a detailed design is then sought. The detailed design will provide the most accurate information for final decisions to be made about future plans for the particular church.
Parish Meeting and Approval
What percentage NBS (New Building Standard) is being aimed for?
Buildings that are below 34% NBS are considered “earthquake prone”. Churches below 34% that have no critical structural weakness can remain open. Any church below 34% that has a critical structural weakness has already been vacated and cannot be used. The Diocese is aiming to have churches at 67% NBS.
When is our church being looked at?
Churches in the greater Christchurch area have had varying levels of engineering investigations with almost all having concept designs prepared for repair / strengthening. All of our churches outside Christchurch are in the same process and are having engineering investigations.
How much will the Diocese contribute to the cost of our church repair or strengthening?
The Diocese settled the insurance negotiations in 2012. This produced a significant pool of money but will never be enough to restore / strengthen all of our churches.
To provide an accurate picture of the total amount required by the Diocese for the repair / strengthening of our churches the process outlined above needs to be completed (concept designs and detailed designs) for the entire Diocese. A decision on the Cathedral is an integral part of the process.
The amount available for each church will be affected by:
- The amount of insurance generated from material damage caused directly by the earthquakes.
- The cost of strengthening the church (primarily a parish expense).
- The existing asset base of the parish.
- The ability for a parish to repay the Catholic Development Fund for any loan that may be taken out.
What is the timeframe for information to be known about church repairs?
The Diocese, in collaboration with OPUS Consulting Engineers, is approximately 75% through developing concepts for repair / strengthening of our churches. See the list below for full details.
What is happening with the Cathedral?
The Cathedral Management Board has requested a number of engineering and geotechnical reports which they are working through as well as other factors such as:
- How many people will live in the central city?
- What might Barbadoes Street look like in the future?
- What else is being developed in the area?
How does the Strategy Committee formed by the Bishop fit in with churches being strengthened?
Late in 2012 a Strategy Committee was formed to look at what the Diocese might look like in terms of churches within the CERA area. A significant amount of data was gathered in this process. A final report has been completed and submitted to the Bishop for his consideration.
Where is my Church in the process?
(This does not include parish presbyteries which are covered by EQC or any other parish plant)
A common question from parishes is, “how much will we be allocated from the Earthquake settlement for the repair of our church?”
At this stage the Diocese has the detailed design and estimated cost for the repair and strengthening of most of our churches. A significant amount of work has been done to this point. The Diocese has now engaged Ernst and Young (EY) to provide a financial report and model that will inform the Bishop and his advisors together with recommendations on how a works programme might proceed, over what time and how it might be financed.
Updates from March are in bold.
» Addington – to be investigated, no immediate concerns
» Akaroa – engineering evaluation to be scheduled
» Aranui - to be investigated, no immediate concerns
» Beckenham – tower strengthening being completed in preparation for building consent application
» Bishopdale – detailed engineering evaluation completed
» Bryndwr – detailed design completed and meetings held with parish advisors, building consent received
» Burnside - parish advisors meetings held and detailed design completed
» Burwood – demolished
» Chatham Islands – not being investigated at this stage
» Darfield – strengthening completed
» Halswell - Detailed design completed and discussed with parish committee
» Hoon Hay - parish advisors meetings held and detailed design completed
» Hornby - parish advisors meetings held, strengthening detailed design in for consent. Extension designs complete by June 2014
» Leeston - Detailed design underway
» Lincoln – new church concept design completed and with parish for consideration
» Little River – Resource consent received and contractor scheduling work to mothball the Church
» Mairehau – project control group established to develop needs assessment for the new church
» Papanui – Bishop’s permission to demolish church granted and project control group established to develop needs assessment for the new church
» Riccarton – detailed strengthening design underway to be finalised in July
» Sockburn - parish advisors meetings held and detailed design completed and ongoing communication with the parish
» St Albans – demolished
» St Mary's Pro-Cathedral - to be investigated, no immediate concerns. Heating and lighting upgrade planned for the church.
A project control group is being set up to implement the Bishop’s approved plan to have on site a Catholic Shop, Choral Facilities and an Administrative office with landscaping and car parking.
» Sumner – Parish Centre enlarged for new use as multi-purpose facility completed
» Te Rangimarie Centre - concept designs are underway and a meeting with the community to be scheduled once they are complete.
» Templeton – Bishop’s permission granted to alienate (sell)
» Woolston - parish advisors meetings held and detailed design completed
» Albury, Fairlie, St Andrews and Waimate – engineering assessment to be scheduled
» Geraldine – Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) underway
» Pleasant Point - parish advisors meetings held and ongoing communication with the parish
» Temuka - parish advisors meetings held and ongoing communication with the parish
» Timaru, Sacred Heart Church - concept scheme has been completed with costing underway and parish advisers meeting to be held
» Timaru North, St Thomas Church - concept scheme has been completed with costing underway and parish advisers meeting to be held
» Ashburton - concept design and costing completed and parish advisors meetings held
» Methven, Rakaia and Tinwald - engineering assessment to be available by end of June 2014
» Amberley, Cheviot, Culverden, Hanmer Springs, Hawarden, Loburn, Waiau – engineering assessment in progress
» Kaiapoi – repair and strengthening work to be begin in July school holidays
» Oxford – detailed design and costing completed and parish advisors meetings held and building consent received
» Rangiora – parish advisors meetings held and investigations complete and report available by end of June2014
» Greymouth – engineering investigations completed and IEP report issued to District Council
» Hokitika - concept schemes completed and costed and parish advisors meetings held
» Cobden - engineering evaluation completed and IEP report issued to District Council
» Fox Glacier, Our Lady of the Snows – IEP report issued to District Council
» Franz Josef, Our Lady of the Alps – IEP report issued to District Council
» Grey Valley – concept strengthening completed and with QS for costing
» Haast- strengthening concept offer of service with the parish for consideration
» Hari Hari - engineering evaluation completed and IEP report issued to District Council
» Kokatahi - engineering evaluation completed and IEP report issued to District Council
» Kumara – concept strengthening design completed and with QS for costing
» Ross - engineering evaluation completed and IEP report issued to District Council
» Runanga – engineering evaluation completed and IEP report issued to District Council, concept strengthening complete and with QS for costing
» Whataroa - engineering evaluation completed and IEP report issued to District Council
The two documents below are:
- A spreadsheet listing all church property and their status.
- The Diocesan Repair and Rebuild Process that all will follow for the building and repair of our churches as a result of the earthquake.