CE Karleen Edwards
It’s an absolute pleasure to be here on the occasion of the reopening of the Rose Historic Chapel, which has undergone a meticulous restoration process, involving a blend of modern repair techniques with traditional stone masonry as you can see. The quality of the craftsmanship and attention to detail in the repair and restoration work mean this chapel can now be enjoyed by many generations to come.
The team has also taken this opportunity to fix some of the historic challenges that have beset the chapel for years. What has been a damp building is now watertight, some of the damage to the exterior caused by some old mid-century cleaning methods has been repaired, and the Rose Historic Chapel is now better than it’s ever been.
Christchurch City Council bought the Rose Historic Chapel in 1996 to ensure its retention. We’re delighted to ensure its retention once more now that this two-year restoration project is complete.
So thank you very much to:
- Ray, Anthony and the team from Higgs Construction
- The team from Goldfield Stone
- Heritage Architect - Dave Pearson
- OPUS – design works
- Graham Stewart for the stained glass windows.
- Richard Bullett from Insight Project Management
You can all be proud of what you have achieved. And you will be able to look back with pride and say, I was part of reinstating this special piece of our city’s heritage.