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Rebuild for iconic Christchurch rotunda

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

A piece of Christchurch architectural heritage damaged in the 2011 earthquake, the Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda, is set to return to its former glory.

Christchurch City Council's communities, housing and economic development committee has voted in favour of the rotunda being rebuilt in its location next to the Avon River.

The committee wants to top the structure with the original copper dome, which came through the earthquake in good condition and has been sitting on the riverbank since the rotunda was taken down four years ago.

There is one notable addition in the plan - retractable windows to allow audiences to enjoy performances in less-than-ideal weather.

Committee chair Andrew Turner says the rotunda is "a fantastic example of a striking and iconic piece of heritage" that can also be actively used by the community.

"It's yet another place to celebrate our creativity and celebrate our city - and a particularly beautiful one at that," he said.

The rebuild budget is $1.5 million and work is expect to start in early 2018.

London-born Edmonds, the creator Edmonds Baking Powder, donated the rotunda in 1929.

It was one of a number of philanthropic building projects he embarked on to mark his 50 years of business in Christchurch.

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