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Last reviewed: Tue, 24 Apr 2012

The Bridge Of Remembrance

The Bridge Of Remembrance.

The bridge spans the Avon River at the end of Cashel Mall.

A stone bridge spanning the Avon River with a large ornate archway spanning the East end of the bridge. It is a War Memorial erected by the citizens of Christchurch to initially honour the sacrifice made during the 1914–1918 Great War, in 1923.

Canterbury earthquakes

The Bridge of Remembrance was structurally damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake, but inspections soon after suggested it was stable. There was no apparent worsening of the structure as a result of the aftershocks on 13 June 2011 and 23 December 2011.

From January to April 2012 tests were carried out to determine the ground conditions around the bridge abutments. This information is essential as part of the design process to develop the best permanent repair strategy for the Bridge. Options for permanently repairing the Bridge and Arch were investigated throughout 2012.

Bridge of Remembrance web update March 2013

We are aware that the site holds great significance for veterans, their families and the wider community. In 2013 plans to repair the Bridge of Remembrance and Arch are progressing, with work expected to start in June this year.

The repair process is complex as the aim is to rebuild a stronger structure, better able to withstand any future earthquakes. The Council expect to complete the work by April 2015.

The Council understands it is important the community can mark the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of World War 1 in August 2014 and will work with contractors to see if it is possible to have parts of the bridge open in some form for an event.

Plans to repair the Arch involve inserting steel reinforcement into cavities inside the columns. The arches will be tied together (post-tensioned) horizontally to reinforce the structure. The foundations will be improved to allow the structure to rock in a controlled manner. Rocking will act like base isolation and dissipate energy created by any future earthquakes.

The stone work on both the Arch and the Bridge will be reinstated and repaired using methods sympathetic to the heritage nature of the structure.

Visitor information is available at the site. You can download a copy of this here: short history of the Bridge of Remembrance [PDF 1MB]


Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Next review: Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Keywords: archway, avon river, bridge, remembrance, war memorial, war veterans