All Saints’ Church in Hokitika is of great significance to New Zealand’s history and the South Island in particular. It is a Category I listed heritage building and a WWI Memorial and a rare example of the early use of reinforced concrete cavity construction. The Church required urgent repairs to prevent further deterioration through water ingress and seismic upgrade work.
Salmond Reed Architects was involved with All Saints’ between 2011 and 2018 advising on staged restoration and assisting with fundraising – initially, producing a conservation plan, followed by specifications and managing contract works on site.
Stage 1 was completed in 2018 and funded by New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (Lottery Environment and Heritage) as well as support from the Diocese, All Saints’ Church Parishioners, Hokitika Parish and the Community. Stage 1 addressed the need to stop the water penetration of the flat roofs and seismic upgrading - structural connections between the roofs and walls. The tower restoration included renewing the roof membrane with traditional asphalt, relocating the bells inside the tower, the original timber louvres restoration and reinstatement of the traditional plaster weathering coat to the exterior walls. The plaster was formulated using local materials and sourcing the original sand from a local farmer - the result, an amazing vernacular finish for this attractive architectural gem. The project was an extremely challenging but rewarding one.