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Restoration of ChristChurch Cathedral now deemed 'feasible'

Another step forward today towards resolution of the dispute over what should be done with Christchurch's quake-damaged Anglican Cathedral.

Victoria Matthews and Gerry Brownlee say restoration of ChristChurch Cathedral is now feasible
Victoria Matthews and Gerry Brownlee say restoration of ChristChurch Cathedral is now feasible Source: 1 NEWS

For the first time since the earthquakes nearly five years ago, engineers from both groups arguing over the future of the building agree that restoration is feasible.

In a release issued today the Minister for Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee said: "The report found that from an engineering perspective there is a consensus that the Cathedral can be largely reinstated, and that would mean a combination of repair, restoration and reconstruction."

The minister said the Church Property Trust will now enter discussions with the Government in the new year about proceeding from here.

The Church said today that those talks could extend through to April.

"And that is why we need to gain certainty about the affordability of this project and be able to work through the options," Mr Brownlee said.

"The positive outcome here is that there are now options to work through and that CPT is willing to do so."

The report that prompted today's announcements puts the cost of a "reinstated" ChristChurch Cathedral at around $105 million.

The Anglican Church has told ONE News that at this stage they would only be able to fund about 25 per cent of that cost.

The report does cost a brand new Cathedral at around $63 million but warns that if the CPT were to attempt to do that, litigation from those seeking restoration could be expected.