Cost to reinstate Christ Church Cathedral goes up by $50m

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The cost of re-instating Christchurch’s anglican cathedral has sky-rocketed.

An artist's impression of restored Christ Church Cathedral.

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Originally estimated in 2017 to be $104 million, it has now ballooned nearly 50 percent to $154m.

After losing its spire and a large part of the front of the church in the February 2011 quake, the city’s most famous building sat derelict for six years.

It was the subject of a bitter dispute between church leaders who wanted to demolish it and start again and heritage advocates who wanted it saved.

On Thursday, a re-instatement plan was unveiled including a new visitors centre and cathedral museum.

The Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust, which was overseeing the project, was confident the $51m still needed could be generated through fundraising.

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