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2012 Winner

Supreme Award

Trinity Congregational Church

Entrant: Trinity Limited

The Trinity Congregational Church demonstrated all the attributes necessary for the Supreme Award. Design by Benjamin Mountfort, the Trinity Congregational Church occupies a critical corner of the city and is at a key entry point to Cathedral Square. It took perseverance and persistent campaigning to secure its future after the partial collapse of the tower in the February 2011 earthquake. Previous earthquake strengthening saved its decorative gothic interior, while the innovative repair techniques and cutting-edge seismic design set a benchmark for the restoration of Christchurch’s internationally important gothic revival architecture. The retention of Christchurch’s ecclesiastical buildings, such as the Trinity Congregational Church is vital for retaining the city’s identity and history for locals and visitors alike. These gothic revival churches and civic buildings are what makes Christchurch unique as a colonial city and the retention of Trinity Congregational Church will remain a signpost of our city into the future.

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