Acland House Seismic Redevelopment

Christchurch Girls High School’s Acland house retains its rich heritage after a careful seismic and redevelopment programme.

Built in 1893, Acland House was purchased by Christchurch Girls High School (CGHS) as a boarding house for pupils in 1921. When the Christchurch earthquakes caused significant damage it was a great loss to the School’s community.

The Building Intelligence Group assisted with insurance negotiations and was selected by the MoE to provide project management services for the seismic strengthening and redevelopment programme.

The seismic upgrade required substantial strengthening works with the provision of new structural steel to support an open plan environment on the ground floor and to sustain the dormitory upstairs. The capacity of Acland House was increased to accommodate 110 boarders.

Redeveloped areas included a new kitchen, a larger dining room with recycled flooring, greater dormitory space, new ablution areas and a repositioned grand staircase. The entrance way has been recreated and repositioned to provide a welcoming entrance with ‘punch and presence’.

CGHS Principal Pauline Duthie comments “It was important to preserve this iconic building, not only for our School but as one of the few older buildings still remaining in Christchurch. TBIG has smoothly coordinated the teams and processes that made a challenging project happen, and the result is incredibly exciting with the greatly improved spaces and functionality, while all the time respecting Acland’s rich heritage.”