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Christchurch Cathedral project managed by Beca

For the greater good – Transitional Cathedral


Rebuilding the city of Christchurch is a monumental task and the Transitional Cathedral is the defining, signature project. With its iconic, complex and distinctive architecture, the project typifies the critical role of project management in delivering unique and spectacular buildings. For the team at Beca, working on the new Christchurch Transitional Cathedral was all about achieving a vision through leadership, technical rigour, collaboration and the establishment of performance standards.

Beca Project Management led a global team of international architects, local designers, contractors, suppliers and more than 70 volunteers through the challenging design and construction. Project manager Johnny McFarlane says the project delivery approach was focused on the transitional use of the space, delivering the architectural vision, and involving the community in the rebuild process. "A large part of our role was also to restore faith in the central city recovery. Careful planning and agility were crucial in managing the complex, bespoke nature of the construction, and the world's first use of cardboard in this manner."

Beca led the project from the inception to completion, including contractor selection, fabrication of the cardboard cores, driving volunteer involvement, and managing ‘in kind' donations. Project director Bob Blyth says everything about the building is extraordinary, from its genesis and heritage to the design, materials and workforce.


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First published date: 17 December 2013

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