Corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.

Listed as a Group 1 heritage item with international or national importance in the Christchurch District Plan, and by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 1 Historic Place, the Old Municipal Chambers was completed and opened in 1887 and was the first Queen Anne styled building in New Zealand and the first permanent, purpose-built building designed for the Municipal Council.

Pre-earthquake photographs of the Old Municipal Chambers

Old Municipal Chambers

Contact us

Visit www.gets.govt.nz(external link) to find out more, ask a question, or express an interest in the Old Municipal Chambers.

GETS is the Council’s electronic tender portal where you will be prompted to register as a supplier. The GETS RFx ID for this building is 19443152.

The closing date for submitting expressions of interest in this building is midday 3 April 2018.

History

The building was designed in 1885 by London born Samuel Hurst Seager, who was a young, newly qualified architect at the time. Seager emigrated to New Zealand with his parents and three sisters in 1870 and went on to became an important and major contributor to Christchurch’s architectural development in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Seager’s design was selected as the winning submission for a design competition for the proposed Christchurch Municipal Chambers. The building’s Queen Anne style was unlike any other building in a city, which was dominated by the conventional Gothic and Renaissance Revival styles.

With its rich history and abundant interior and exterior decorative qualities, this beautiful heritage building within its picturesque setting along on the banks of the Avon River is an important contribution to the city’s identity and sense of place.

Earthquake damage

The Municipal Chambers were severely damaged in the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquake sequence. A comprehensive programme of retrieval, deconstruction, stabilisation, weatherproofing and protection was completed in 2014 to stabilise the building.

A regular programme of inspections, monitoring and reactive maintenance has been adopted for the building until such time that repair, strengthening, reconstruction and restoration works commences. 

Further information

For further information in relation to this heritage building, its current condition and repairs strategy, please refer to the below links: