St Margarets College Auditorium & Chapel

With St Margaret’s private college for girls sustaining earthquake damage to 80% of its buildings, this has been a major rebuild project in the heart of the school.

It is also one of the first major developments post-earthquake in Christchurch city. The auditorium / chapel can seat approximately 700 persons and incorporated the latest acoustic engineering works.

With 150 piles going down 5 storeys, this is a very solid and well-founded building that Hanham & Philp is immensely proud of. Challenges were that this building was constructed in the heart of the school with the logistics of site access being controlled to allow freedom of student movement around the entire site.

The build also included multiple learning spaces on a mezzanine floor that overlooked a full height atrium linking the auditorium to the gymnasium.


St Margarets College Auditorium & Chapel was part of a total project encompassing the Music Suite and Gymnasium buildings 3,085m2.

  • Client

    St Margaret’s College Board of Trustees

  • Duration

    15 Months (2013)

  • Location

    12 Winchester Street, Merivale, Christchurch

  • Architect

    Athfield Architects

  • Engineers

    Alan Reay Consultants