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Te Aranga House

Date of Completion June 2008  | Duration 6 months | Contract Value $1.0 million

Scope and Scale 

Structural strengthening of Historic Place Category 1, 100-year old building frame including re-mortaring of brick walls. During the renovations the triple brick walls were extensively earthquake-strengthened. Many original architectural features were retained. HRS also managed the fitout of existing surfaces to match the old style of construction and completed an upgrade of all building services.  Students and trade teaching staff also contributed to painting and decorating furniture, joinery and the finishing of internal walls on first floor level. 

Te Aranga House is home to campus administration offices, and quality facilities available to CPIT staff, key stakeholders and the local community to use for conferences and functions. The strengthening that took place in 2008 saved occupants from injury in the 2011 Canterbury earthquake and today, unfortunately awaits repair. 


HRS worked co-operatively with CPIT to allow students and staff to contribute to areas of the project. Care was taken to ensure preservation of existing architectural features during construction. The building was officially reopened by Hon. Gerry Brownlee in Oct 2009. The project received a Christchurch Civic Trust commendation in recognition of renovation and revitalisation of a heritage building. 

Programme: Achieved. (structural strengthening was part of a 3-year renovation programme. All works were completed in 2009).
Health & Safety: Nil significant Incidents
Budget: Achieved