Most of the Council's 1000 community facilities across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula were damaged to some degree in the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

The Council's repair and rebuild programme began at the end of 2011. All the work is due to be completed by the end of 2018.

The length of time it takes to repair, rebuild or make another decision about a facility depends on the type of facility, the level of damage and the assessment and insurance process. Work includes fully assessing the damage, looking at the type of facility and the activities it needs to support in the future and the likely outcome of the insurance process. Looking at the future of the building, scoping the necessary work, allocating the required resources, undertaking repairs or rebuilding all takes time. Decisions for one site must take place within the context of more than 1000 Council-owned facilities across the city and Banks Peninsula.

What's being worked on?

A report on progress with community facilities is produced every two months for elected members. You can read the latest October 2018 report on the Community Facilities and Heritage Facilities [PDF, 3 MB]

How does the Council make decisions about what to fix?

There are already a number of existing strategies in place that have been developed after public consultation and that have informed this process. The strategies include:

Other key Council strategies that are also aligned to this project include:

Rebuild and repair of Council facilities


The Stadium – projected completion date.


Metro Sports Facility completion date.

End of 2018

The Convention Centre should be completed.

Mid 2018

End of 2017

Residential projects in Central City completed by end of year.

Mid 2017

Canterbury Earthquake Memorial expected to be completed in first half of year.

End of 2016

Mid 2016

January 2016

Avon Loop, Avon River Precinct, should be completed.

December 2015

June 2015

Construction begins on the new Aranui Wainoni Community Centre in Hampshire Street, the Council's first new community centre to be built from scratch since the earthquakes. Construction is due to finish in early/mid 2016.

The rebuilt Woolston Pavilion was formally opened.

May 2015

Bus Interchange (stage one) opened.

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee announced The Memorial Wall as the selected design for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial.

January 2015

Norman Kirk Memorial Pool in Oxford Street, Lyttelton, the Council's second facility to be rebuilt since the earthquakes, reopens. The popular Waltham Pool reopens following repair and strengthening work.

December 2014

Scarborough Paddling Pool, the Council's first facility to be rebuilt since the earthquakes, opens on the Scarborough foreshore.

October 2014

The Council reopens well-known heritage facility, the Jubilee Clock Tower, to the public following significant repair and strengthening work.

September 2014

The Council commits more than $40 million to fast-track the repair and rebuild of ‘priority’ community and heritage facilities across the city and Banks Peninsula ahead of insurance discussions being finalised on the facilities.

Hagley Oval was officially opened at a ceremony attended by over 150 guests including Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel. The Oval was the first completed anchor project in the city.

June 2014

The Council completes the final Detailed Engineering Evaluations to be undertaken on its 1000 facilities.

February 2014

The Council changes its policy of closing Council-owned buildings that are assessed as below 34 per cent of New Building Standard, allowing some facilities to reopen.

October 2013

Newly restored Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower, also known as the Victoria Clock, was offically unveiled by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.  A time capsule was also placed on the site for future generations to discover.

June 2013

The Council decides to exempt some buildings with minor earthquake damage from its policy of closing all buildings that are below 34 per cent of the NBS based on engineering advice. A total of 27 buildings are exempted from the policy.

April 2013

The temporary Linwood Library and Service Centre opens in Eastgate Mall. The facility replaces the former Linwood Library in Cranley Street, which has been demolished.

February 2013

The Council revises the occupancy policy for its social housing complexes, meaning they are not automatically closed if a Detailed Engineering Evaluation shows they are below 34 per cent of New Building Standard.

October 2012

Cowles Stadium, the Council's first facility to be repaired since the earthquakes, reopens. The Curator's House, the Council's first heritage facility to be repaired since the earthquakes, reopens.

September 2012

The Council announces it is prioritising 30 community facilities that are closed for repair, ensuring they can reopen to the public. Most have now been repaired.

2010 - 2011

Most of the Council's 1000 community facilities are damaged to some degree in the earthquakes.

End 2011

The Council begins carrying out Detailed Engineering Evaluations of all its facilities. This leads to the closure of facilities that are deemed to be below 34 per cent of New Building Standard, which was the threshold for closing Council buildings then.