Investigations are beginning into restoration options for the Old Municipal Chambers - a beautiful and historic Queen Anne building on the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace.
Currently closed - the building has been stabilised and repair and strengthening options are being investigated.
The Council is beginning to investigate options for the preservation of the treasured Old Municipal Chambers building on Worcester Boulevard after $10 million was set aside for restoration work on 15 October 2015.
The Old Municipal Chambers was significantly damaged in the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes and its condition is deteriorating.
The current Long Term Plan allocates $40 million for the repair/rebuild of the Canterbury Provincial Chambers Buildings in Durham Street, but no funding was set aside for the Old Municipal Chambers. The $40 million will now be split between the two projects so there is $30 million for the Canterbury Provincial Chambers Buildings and $10 million for the Old Municipal Chambers.
The decision to re-allocate the $10 million funding will ensure the Old Municipal Chambers doesn't continue to deteriorate further and that the preservation of this building can go ahead at the same time as the Council continues to look at repair and strengthening options for the Canterbury Provincial Chambers Buildings.
Over the coming months, a business plan that looks at potential uses for the Old Municipal Chambers building will be developed, consultants will be engaged as required and priorities for preservation, repair and reconstruction will be investigated. It is expected a report seeking approval to go ahead with the development of repair and strengthening options for the Old Municipal Chambers will be presented to the Council for consideration in February next year.
The Old Municipal Chambers building is listed as a Group One Heritage item in the Christchurch City Plan. It was also the first permanent, purpose-built building designed for the Municipal Council, which preceded Christchurch City Council.