The final piece of the construction puzzle at Christ’s College has been the extensions and alterations to the heritage Kitchen Tower, including a complete upgrade of kitchen facilities for school catering.

Work on the Kitchen Tower commenced in December 2015 and involved three aspects; first was the demolition phase, which involved stripping the whole building and demolishing the old kitchen structure, which was then rebuilt.

The second stage was structural upgrade work. We put in new foundations, shotcreted the walls, and reinstated the linings and heritage features. New structural floors were added to link the wings of the building with the upper levels, creating 225m² of new floor space. The new space was turned into office space and bathrooms.

The final stage was the fit-out of the commercial kitchen, which operates three times a day for students and boarders. It’s a high spec kitchen at the heart of the school.

After six years and many separate projects completed in a live school environment, including extensive earthquake repairs and the new Miles Warren Building, the Christ’s College campus looks amazing. The Christ’s College motto translates to “good traditions, well maintained” and, although coined with reference to the educational philosophy of the school, it could equally be used about their post-earthquake physical reincarnation, which sets them up beautifully for the next 167 years.

Client: Christ’s College Board of Governors
Completed: March 2017
Awards: New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2018, Heritage and Restoration – Gold award. Property Council of NZ Southern Excellence Awards 2017, Best Project Team Award: Holmes Consulting, Naylor Love Wilkie + Bruce and One4 Ltd.


Christchurch, Education, Heritage, Interiors / Fitout, Seismic