Erskine Chapel centrepiece of major redevelopment plans

The Wellington Company has released plans for a $7 million restoration of the historic French Gothic chapel at Island Bay’s Erskine College site as part of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment project.

It will include building a range of terraced houses and apartment units on parts of the 1.8ha site, refurbishing the chapel’s wedding/function centre, building a new café and early childcare centre, creating a heritage precinct with large public open spaces and restoring Reverend Mother’s garden.

Earthquake strengthening and restoring the 1930 Chapel of the Sacred Heart, recognised as one of New Zealand’s finest gothic chapels, will protect the Category 1-listed historic building for the future.

It would resume as a popular wedding venue with a charitable trust to be set up to manage the chapel. Renowned for its superb acoustics, the chapel had previously hosted Kiwi singer Kiri Te Kanawa and the Vienna Boy’s Choir.

The Wellington Company has begun working with a group of Island Bay parents to investigate opening an early childcare centre at Erskine after the Aubert Childcare Centre closed in Island Bay in 2012.

The Erskine Showroom is open 7 days a week at 46 Willis Street, Wellington. For more information please visit