Objective

Ensure that collaboration between partner agencies encourages and enables building owners to retain heritage buildings and places, where feasible.

Lead agencies

CERA, Heritage New Zealand, CCC, SDC, WDC

Key partners

Ngāi Tahu, MCH

Project outcome

Heritage buildings and places are retained and adapted to new uses, where appropriate, to ensure they have an ongoing function.

Problem/Opportunity

Greater Christchurch has lost much of the heritage that was one of its defining characteristics. Nonetheless, many heritage buildings and places remain. There are opportunities for partner agencies to work with property owners to help ensure that, where feasible:

  • owners of heritage buildings are supported and encouraged to explore retention options, including mothballing where appropriate
  • heritage buildings are not subject to ‘demolition by neglect’
  • damaged heritage buildings are assessed according to international best practice
  • owners of restorable heritage buildings can repair and make their buildings safe in the short term, and can restore or redevelop buildings for long-term use and protection
  • owners of restorable heritage buildings can strengthen their buildings to meet the requirements of the Building Act 2004.

Early collaboration between owners, their advisers and the partner agencies helps to achieve the project outcome.

Heritage New Zealand and CCC advise on options for retention under the process set out in the CERA Decision-making processes. The costs of strengthening and challenges in securing insurance mean some owners choose to demolish.

What has happened

The partner agencies are actively assisting building owners. Several agencies are providing financial assistance through contestable funding processes and MCH, Heritage New Zealand, CCC, WDC and SDC established the CEHB Fund to help repair earthquake-damaged heritage buildings.

The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan  changed the heritage provisions of the CCC’s District Plan in the central city to take a more permissive approach to strengthening and altering earthquake-damaged heritage buildings to meet building codes.

Some property owners are ensuring important heritage buildings are strengthened, restored and   refurbished. In addition, some owners have shored up façades with a view to restoring them. One notable example is the Manchester Street façade of the former Excelsior Hotel (which the Christchurch Heritage Trust purchased for restoration).

What will happen

CERA will:

  • maintain up-to-date data from its operations on the current and likely future status of heritage buildings and places
  • where possible and appropriate, provide Heritage New Zealand, CCC, SDC and WDC with sufficient and timely information on heritage buildings being considered for works under section 38 of the CER Act to enable full consideration of options for retention
  • maintain the process [LINK Decision-making process] for assessing works to heritage buildings undertaken under section 38 of the CER Act.

Heritage New Zealand will:

  • provide up-to-date data to CERA on the current and future status of heritage buildings and places entered on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero.
  • work with owners to explore alternatives to demolition (which may include providing owners with additional engineering advice on retaining and strengthening buildings)
  • advise CERA on the outcomes of investigations into building retention
  • advise CCC, SDC and WDC on the heritage values of buildings, and engineering advice where obtained
  • administer the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund to assist building owners.

CCC will:

  • provide up-to-date data to CERA on the current and future status of listed heritage buildings and places
  • work with building owners to explore alternatives to demolition (which may include providing owners with additional engineering advice)
  • advise CERA on the outcomes of investigations into buildings and options for retention
  • administer the Council’s Heritage Incentive Fund
  • allocate Central City Landmark Heritage Grant funds
  • advise the CEHB Fund Trust on applications for grants from the CEHB Fund
  • provide administrative support to the CEHB Fund
  • process applications for resource consents for restoring heritage places and buildings.

SDC and WDC will:

  • provide up-to-date data to CERA on the current and future status of listed heritage buildings and places
  • work with owners to explore alternatives to demolition, including obtaining alternative engineering advice on retaining and strengthening buildings
  • process resource consents to restore heritage buildings and places.

SDC will also:

  • administer the Selwyn Heritage Fund to encourage the maintenance and enhancement of heritage buildings in the Selwyn District.

WDC will also:

  • administer its Landmarks Programme, which identifies and researches heritage resources within the district.

Indicative timeframe

Ongoing


Updated on 23rd July 2015