Media Releases

20th Apr


Contractor Appointed for Heritage Restoration Project

Following a competitive tender process, Home & Family has appointed Simon Construction for its heritage restoration project, known as ‘Our House’.

President of Home & Family, Phillip Duval, says, “we are extremely pleased to be working with Simon Construction. The company comes with excellent recommendations and has completed an impressive list of heritage projects.”

The project will see the restoration of the former Convent and Chapel at 319 St Asaph Street, generously made available to Home & Family by the Sisters of the Community of the Sacred Name. The Convent and Chapel was built between 1895 and 1900, designed by architect Benjamin Mountfort and his son Cyril.  One year later, it became the first location of Nurse Maude’s first dispensary.

Originally established in 1893, the same year as the Community of the Sacred Name, Home & Family has been supporting the people of Christchurch for over 100 years. Architectural Historian Jenny May says, “when a heritage building ceases to be used for the purpose for which it was built, finding a compatible new use is often the hardest challenge we face. The Community of the Sacred Name worked within the community exhibiting similar values to that of Home & Family. These shared values and their longevity in our community make Home & Family an ideal match.”

Consistently adapting to meet the needs of the community, today Home & Family provides residential parenting programmes and counselling for all ages. In particular, the charity does a great deal of work with those affected by domestic violence and other forms of abuse.

Work is soon to begin on site and it won’t be long before this highly significant heritage building, with all its rich history, is serving the community once again.