The Restoration of the Arts Centre of Christchurch New Zealand
Join André Lovatt, Chief Executive at The Arts Centre of Christchurch, at the URA Centre as he shares with us the stories of the remarkable restoration work going on that will include:
- Details of $290 million restoration of the site which is thought to be one of the largest heritage restoration projects anywhere in the world
- An insight into activity taking place on the ground as the re-building work continues and increases
- An outline of the features that will ensure that the Arts Centre of Christchurch is once again a vital and engaging part of the city
- A broader update on the post earthquake re-build of Christchurch.
André’s role is focused on the restoration of the Arts Centre following the substantial damage it received during the earthquakes Christchurch experienced in 2010 and 2011.
The Arts Centre is one of the most significant clusters of heritage buildings in New Zealand. Once the site of the University of Canterbury, prior to the earthquakes, its distinctive Gothic Revival buildings were an internationally renowned centre for the arts, culture and creativity.
Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2012, André spent a decade in Singapore, including six years leading Arup in Singapore. Arup is behind some of the most iconic projects in the Singapore built environment including Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the Singapore Flyer, the Singapore Sports Hub, the Downtown MRT line and more recently the Thompson MRT line.
This presentation will appeal to a wide audience: from Kiwis living in Singapore who want to catch up on the rebuild; to students of architecture and engineering; to those interested in the restoration of heritage buildings.