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Vestner NZ Helps Rebuild Christchurch Arts Centre

July 4, 2019


The Christchurch Arts Centre is an icon of the garden city’s culture of arts and signature architecture. The Arts Centre forms a hub of Category 1 listed heritage buildings — the largest in Aotearoa — which originally housed two secondary schools and what is now known as Canterbury University.


Now world-famous as a beacon of education, arts, creativity and culture, the Gothic Revival buildings date back to 1877 and are now held by a trust for visitors to enjoy. The hallowed ground boasts notable alumni including Sir Ä€pirana Ngata,  Lord Earnest Rutherford and Dame Ngaio Marsh


Vestner NZ Helps Rebuild Christchurch Arts Centre

Christchurch Arts Centre suffers severe earthquake damage

Sadly, the Arts Centre buildings suffered extensive damage in the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Tradesmen and women from the area, the country and even around the world were called to action to assist with the major restoration project to resurrect the institution. Specialist stone masons were employed to help recreate the characteristic Gothic Revival features. The ongoing $290m rebuild is powered by sponsorship and donations, has a ten-year schedule and extends to all of the 23 buildings located at the site. 

Vestner is commissioned to rebuild Arts Centre lifts

As New Zealand’s premier commercial lift and access lift supplier, Vestner received an invite to work on the rebuild. Our first piece of work was the installation of access lifts in 2015, and in total we’ve fitted seven lifts in the Christchurch Arts Centre to date.


All of our work at the Centre has been carried out with the objective of providing improved access for those with mobility concerns — some lifts offer access from the street, and other were thoughtfully positioned in attic areas.


During our involvement with the revered Christchurch attraction, we’re proud to have collaborated with several illustrious construction companies. Assisting us in ensuring we don’t interrupt the buildings’ period architecture was one of New Zealand’s most reputable architectural firms — Warren and Mahoney

A project Vestner is proud to be involved with

Here at Vestner New Zealand, we’re proud to be able to play a role in rebuilding and preserving an important part of Christchurch’s identity. The huge project has seen excellent progress thus far and we eagerly await the completion so the centre can be enjoyed in its entirety.


The Christchurch Art Centre by Bernard Spragg. NZ via CC0 1.0.

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