“Back then, having an earthquake notice on our building was a very new thing,” says Rev. Mark Henderwood who manages St Hilda’s Anglican Church in Island Bay.
“For a few years it wasn’t clear what the right decision was for the parish. Everything came with a price tag and it all seemed too difficult and too expensive.
“We really didn’t want to be forced into a building project, but we were, even if that meant demolition.”
The original building was constructed in 1930 with timber framing, lightweight cladding and a large unreinforced masonry façade facing the street. It’s the façade that now needs fixing.
Mark’s family joined the church in 2014, a crucial time for decision-making.
First they sought to rebuild the church community so it was viable, before tackling the strengthening project.
“A seismic assessment completed in 2013 had led to an architect providing some preliminary drawings,” says Mark.