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Graeme Earl (left), regional director, Naylor Love Canterbury, with Keith Paterson, director of the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project

Naylor Love Canterbury joins Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project

Naylor Love Canterbury has been announced as the main contractor consultancy services for the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral, joining the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project’s specialist consultant team.


During the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake, in which 185 people died and many people lost their homes and businesses, the tower of Christ Church Cathedral toppled, damaging the main building. Now preliminary work is underway to reinstate the cathedral in the heart of the city centre, with early design work focusing on how the cathedral can be stabilised.

It is expected that stabilisation construction work will begin in the first quarter of 2020 and will take between 12 and 18 months.

The project team says that although the reinstated cathedral may look similar, it will be safer, more functional, more flexible and more comfortable, achieved through a mix of traditional and modern materials and techniques.

Naylor Love will be providing construction logistics, methodologies and programme advice for the project, developing plans to physically stabilise the building. “This is a huge opportunity for Naylor Love to utilise its experience and in-house knowledge to bring this iconic landmark back to life,” says Graeme Earl, regional director, Naylor Love Canterbury.

The expected overall duration of the cathedral reinstatement project is 7 to 10 years. This is longer than it would take for a new build, but considerably shorter than the original construction, which spanned 40 years.

Naylor Love Canterbury has significant experience in the successful delivery of similar heritage strengthening and refurbishment projects, including Christ’s College and the Isaac Theatre Royal, and can also call on the expertise of the national-wide Naylor Love team. The Canterbury team also built the Transitional Cathedral, a world-first temporary structure with massive cardboard tube rafters designed by world-renowned architect Shigeru Ban.

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