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A decision was made to refurbish the historical St. Patrick’s Basilica building to house combined Parishes. The project involved the restoration of the Category 2 Basilica together with a new addition on the south side of the Basilica. 

The restoration included earthquake strengthening, re-roofing, insulating, new heating system and protection from water ingress. 

Careful detailing around historical elements was essential as well as thoughtful selections of responsible materials. The addition provides a new entry to the Basilica along with office space, kitchen facilities and a casual congregation space for up to 100 people, something the Church desperately needed to see the Basilica function into the future.

The new entry is a well-grounded, contemporary white box providing a restrained presence alongside the Basilica. A landscaped courtyard links the existing and new buildings. The new congregation space provides glimpses to all the Parish buildings.

Project Completed 2017

NZIA Southern Architecture Award 2017