Our Building’s Story

Watch the progress as our exciting new Centre rose from the ground up.

The first earthquake in September 2010 caused substantial damage to the old Durham Street Church and Aldersgate Centre, that required props to hold it up. Weakened even further by successive aftershocks, it was utterly destroyed by the February 2011 quake, and tragically took three lives with it.

It was assumed, given the building failure in February, that there was no foundation – certainly nothing showed up during demolition. It was quite a surprise to discover approx 2 metres of dry stone wall in the ground around the perimeter. Not a lot of structural support, but 155 years ago it would have been the logical thing to do.

Progress updates from the build can be found below. The first service in the new Aldersgate Centre took place on Christmas Day 2019, and the official opening was in February 2020.

Props hold up Durham St Methodist Church after Christchurch earthquake
Church foundation after earthquake
Church building collapse after February earthquake in Christchurch
Durham Street church foundations
June 21, 2020

New Aldersgate window shines


This week our long-awaited Aldersgate window was successfully installed. The original Aldersgate in London was the spot where

February 26, 2020

Design in Glass Coming to Life (2)

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In February 2020, it’s great to see progress on the colourful, inclusive stained-glass window designed and being crafted

January 26, 2020

Design in Glass Coming to Life

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It’s great to see progress on the colourful, inclusive stained-glass window designed and being crafted for us by Graham

December 01, 2019

Poutama Screens

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The large screens that hang down from the roof over the colonnades down both sides of the Aldersgate

November 28, 2019

Aldersgate breakfast thank you


With the Aldersgate construction nearing completion, on a beautiful sunny summer morning at 7:30am on Thursday 28 Nov,

November 18, 2019

Stunning, new inclusive image to light Aldersgate

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Work is underway on an exciting new and colourful window that will evoke a hopeful and inclusive message

July 08, 2019

Building Progress – July 2019


With much of the external scaffolding now taken down, its easier to get a good idea of the

May 26, 2019

Toilet politics

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Aldersgate Roof Shout visit

Unlike the attached link, suggesting Mike Pence was horrified to discover a unisex toilet in his own house, this

May 15, 2019

Roof Shout at Aldersgate

It is a tradition that when a significant building reaches the stage of its roof being completed, that

April 26, 2019

Building Progress – April 2019

Doing our bit to help build a fairer and more inclusive city banner

Progress on the construction continues – now inside as well as outside, as the roofing is being constructed.

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