St Benedict’s Catholic Church, Auckland

This substantial Gothic revival church, rendered in brick masonry, was erected in 1887 to the design of Edward Mahoney. It was the third church to occupy the prominent Newton site, the previous one having burned down. The building’s heritage status is recognised in listings with both NZHPT and Auckland Council. Any plans to alter the building needed to take account of its important heritage values and be carried out in a manner ensuring their preservation.

Therefore, in 1997 Salmond Reed was engaged to prepare a Conservation Plan for the property, which outlined a number of recommendations for its repair and maintenance.

Subsequently the practice has acted as both conservation architects and project managers for works carried out in accordance with the Plan, handling all facets of the project from discussions with heritage authorities through to assisting in the

sourcing of funding, contract document preparation, obtaining consents, calling tenders, administering the contract and project managing all aspects of the contract works.

For the exterior the work has comprised repairs to brickwork and lead-light windows, the installation of a new slate roof as well as the design and construction of a glazed canopy extension and ramped entry to the east transept. Inside, the work has covered a full interior refurbishment, including necessary liturgical re-ordering.

More recently, Salmond Reed has assisted in preparation of a funding application to raise money for the replacement of the pipe organ.

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