For all questions and queries related to Building for the Future, please email BFTF@christchurchcathedral.bc.ca
We hope you will join us in this renewed mission both in your prayers and monetary support. Thank you!
UPDATE - November 2022
As we come towards the end of 2022, work continues on the project. Most of this work focuses on building increased knowledge around priority areas of the site. This includes:
And of course, as I noted last month, the School continues to explore the feasibility of its vision to double the cohort of students through increased and new physical space. This work began over three years ago and resulted in the addition of the learning modules that opened this past fall.
I've been asked a few times if we'll see real action next year. By that people are often thinking of shovels in the ground or disruptive activity inside the cathedral itself. My answer is as unclear "may be, may be not!" as there is so much work behind the scenes that has to go on before things get visual. That can be disheartening for those who are not familiar with the development process. However, if you asked me to predict, I'd say no - but remember, that's ok!
As with much at this time of year, things will begin to slow down, so with that and my post Christmastide travel, I'll not be posting again until February. - The Rev'd Canon Ian Powell, Chair of the Steering Committee
A Special General Meeting of the Vestry (parishioners) of Christ Church Cathedral was held on Sunday, May 15, at 12.15 p.m. to consider approval of a proposal for proceeding with Phase 2 of “Building for the Future.”
“Building for the Future” is a long-term plan for the Cathedral “precinct” – the block bounded by Quadra and Vancouver Streets, Burdett and Rockland Avenues. It is based on the shared values and aspirations we articulated during “Greater Works Than These.” It will give physical expression to those aspirations, to the middle of the 21st Century and beyond, by laying out an inspiring vision for the improvement of our buildings and grounds – including both renovation and new construction – along with a realistic plan for how to fund that work. The ultimate goal is to create an Anglican centre for spirituality, learning, culture, heritage and community on these Islands and Inlets. Phase 1 of the project, which was completed recently, helped us learn what needs to be addressed and included in the plan. Phase 2 is the creation of the plan itself - a large and complex undertaking, with many elements, which will take the better part of two years. When it is complete, we will have made a major investment in our collective future, in the form of a comprehensive scheme for redevelopment, which can be implemented in stages, over many years and even decades, as needs and opportunities arise.
Phase 2 has been divided into two parts: 2(a) and 2(b). The cost of Phase 2(a) is capped at a maximum of $500,000. Phase 2(b) is estimated to cost a further $250,000 – possibly more, depending on what we learn in the first part of the exercise, and how we decide to proceed from there. In principle, we believe that all three of the main “stakeholders” on the precinct – the Cathedral, the School, and the Diocese – should fund this planning work equally, since we will all benefit from it. The Cathedral Management Team has identified a source of funds for our $250,000 contribution: a portion of the unused revenue from the sale some years ago of a property we owned on Niagara Street. (Note that the Niagara Street funds are internally restricted and can only be used for capital projects. This proposal will have minimal impact on the Cathedral’s operating budget). The Cathedral School Board has unanimously committed to providing its $250,000.
What was decided at the SGM?
The following two motions went before the Vestry at the SGM (May 15, 2022). Both motions were approved and now the Diocese will be asked to confirm a similar commitment:
1. That the Cathedral proceed with Phase 2 of the Building for the Future precinct planning process, as described in the proposal document, subject to ratification by Diocesan Council. Funding for Phase 2 to be provided jointly by the Cathedral, the Diocese and the Cathedral School.
2. That the Cathedral contribute a maximum of $250,000 to Phase 2 of Building for the Future, the source of funds to be a portion of the residue from the sale of the Niagara Street property, currently held in an internally restricted Cathedral investment fund; and subject to confirmation of the commitment of both the School and the Diocese to provide $250,000 each.
How can I find out more about Phase Two?
The full Phase 2 Recommendations document is available on this page, as is a much shorter Executive Summary. Elsewhere on this web page, you can find the final report on Phase 1, a recording of a Zoom presentation and meeting about it, and a Cathedral Check-In about Phase 2.
Please read the Phase Two report and summary available to download below:
WATCH THIS: The following Cathedral Check-in provides a detailed discussion about the Phase Two Recommendations.
Over the past three years, we have had countless discussions about the role and future of our cathedral, our cathedral school, and our diocesan office, and about the kind of space we will need to accommodate our ministries. The fruits of these discussions have been shared with our planning consultants Kaeley Wiseman and Barb Myers from Wiser Projects. They, in turn, have done extensive research about current municipal plans and policies, as well as the appetite of local agencies and developers to work with us. They also engaged an architect, Paul Rigby, who has worked closely with us to assess the space on the precinct, with a view to the feasibility of making our cathedral, our school, and the rest of the precinct better serve our hopes and dreams.
Wiser Projects submitted a detailed “Phase One” report – which describes their findings, and the work we would need to do next to produce an actual “master plan” for the cathedral precinct. The report is available to download here in the form of an executive summary, a full report, and appendices:
The 90-minute Zoom presentation on Phase 1 of Building for the Future was well attended and provided an opportunity to meet our planning consultants Kaeley Wiseman and Barb Myers, as well as consulting architect, Paul Rigby. We were given a window into the work done to date, and were able to visualise some exciting ideas that could help us to re-equip, modernize and maximize the space we already have, in addition to considering what new spaces might be necessary.
For direct Building for the Future updates from the Cathedral School, click here.
May 15, 2022 - Both motions on Phase 2 presented at the Special General Meeting were approved.
April 30, 2022 - Notice of Special General Meeting on 'Building for the Future' - CLICK HERE
April 6, 2022 - 'Building for the Future' Dialogues
We continue to encourage all questions and comments about our Building for the Future (BFTF) project as we move toward Phase II. We have started receiving excellent queries and feedback and for the sake of interest, transparency, and to show the consideration taken by our planning team, we would like to share these conversations with you weekly. See below for the first conversation between cathedral parishioner, Shaun Peck and Canon Ian Alexander.
REMINDER - If you have a question that hasn't been answered, make sure to submit it to BFTF@christchurchcathedral.bc.ca
Building on the Foundation Video Series
In early 2022, the Very Reverend M. Ansley Tucker hosted a 6-week series with guest facilitators exploring the fascinating origins and development of worship space in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The series covers what motivated the changing configurations of worship space, and what distinguishes cathedrals from “big churches.” Only the below session is publicly posted, so if you want to watch the full series, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org for a private link.