The relocation and reconstruction of the earthquake damaged cenotaph.
Cequent Projects provided full project management services for this Christchurch City Council project. The WWI & WWII memorial suffered major damage, partially collapsing in both the February and June 2011 earthquakes. Following extensive public consultation, the Lyttelton community voted to relocate the Cenotaph to the new civic square (Albion Square).
The remaining structure was carefully deconstructed, with all plaques and facing stones salvaged and labelled with their location on the memorial. A broken time capsule was also recovered from the memorial and later reinstated.
The 8m tall war memorial has been reconstructed on a 4m x 4m foundation with a reinforced concrete core. The yellow trachyte and andesite facing stones were carefully repaired off site before being reinstated on the memorial.
A key challenge faced on the project, was the limited supply of replacement stone due to the quarry now being closed. Where new stone and granite was sourced, a close material match was imperative. The already fragile stone was repaired by skilled stonemasons ensuring no intricate detail was lost, right down to the chisel marks on the stone face and font on the granite plaque. The opportunity to install custom made heritage lamps, has seen the Cenotaph revert back to its original 1920s aesthetics
On 8 November 2014 Albion Square was officially opened. A separate rededication ceremony for the Cenotaph is to occur in the near future.