St Bede’s $60m revamp begins

CLASSIC: St Bede's College has been using its performing arts centre to hold mass since 2012.

St Bede’s College will get its $60 million revamp.

Resource consent has been granted for the project which will start next year.

Work includes replacing the catholic school’s chapel and Grimes Block classrooms, as well as earthquake strengthening and extending its performing arts centre.

The college also has plans to build a brand new 750m2 sports pavilion and gym, adjacent to the existing hockey field.

But because the school is a state integrated catholic school, the Ministry of Education is not funding the work.

The chapel will cost $3.5 million and its construction will be the first to begin next year.

REPLACEMENT: St Bede’s College is getting a new chapel since the original was demolished in 2012.

The St Bede’s Old Boy’s Association is rallying to raise $1.5 million, so the balance will be met by a $1 million grant from the Society of Mary and $1 million from the school’s board of proprietors insurance.

The college has been without a chapel since 2012, converting an old science building for masses.

The chapel was repaired following the September 4, 2010, earthquake but was ultimately claimed by the February 22, 2011, earthquakes after being deemed irreparable.

“The proposed chapel has a footprint of 425m2 (excluding the covered porch area) and a first floor gallery area. It will provide seating for up to 300 people,” the plan submitted to the city council said.

The modern building has been designed by architects Wilkie and Bruce to mirror the past but also look to the future.

Expansions to the performing arts centre, which will be beside the new chapel, includes a new foyer and toilet area.

KNOWLEDGE: The plans for the new Grimes Block, which includes teaching space for cooking and art.

It will take up part of the space the assembly hall had occupied before it was demolished. The rest of that space will be taken up by the new chapel.

The proposed Grimes building will contain two floors of teaching space for art and cooking classes with toilets and a foyer, built on an old tennis court.

UPGRADE: A new sports pavilion will be built next to the current hockey field.

And the new sports pavilion has space for two classrooms, changing rooms, bathrooms, first aid space, storage, an officials’ room, and a weight and gym area.

“The proposed sports pavilion will be available for use by community groups outside of school hours,” the plan said. Largely the Marist Hockey Club and its visiting competitors.

But before construction begins, the school is working with a contaminant expert.

“The site is identified as a contaminated site by Environment Canterbury’s Listed Land Use Register,” the plan said.

If necessary, it will have to submit another resource consent regarding the Soil Natural Environmental Standard.