Old St Paul’s (Church)

Heritage New Zealand | Wellington

Built in 1866, Old St Paul’s is one of the finest examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world.  It is now cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

This unique building has stood steadfast for 153 years but sadly it didn’t escape the impact of the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.

A project is underway to strengthen and future-proof Old St Paul’s, which will bring the building’s current seismic rating of above 34% up to 90-100%.

In May 2019, HomePlan NZ performed a full 3D photographic survey of the building prior to the strengthening work beginning.  Using a combination of infrared and laser scanning technology, Old St Paul’s was captured inside and out in staggering 134-megapixel high resolution imagery.  It can be viewed via the following 3D walk through.

Raw, high accuracy laser ‘point cloud scan’ files of the building exterior have also been retained, should they be needed by the architects or engineers during the project.

“HomePlan has allowed us to carefully prepare for strengthening works at this beloved heritage building. The team did a lovely and very thorough job, and were a pleasure to deal with. We’re excited about what we might be able to do with this technology in future.”

Tamara Patten, Heritage New Zealand