The bases of the columns in the Crossing (between the Chancel and the Nave) were never finished and some sections have been bare since the Chancel was completed in 1973. Within the Selwyn’s Vision project is a commitment to finally complete these columns.
Modern Terrazzo and Masonry Ltd has been engaged to undertake this specialist work. Fortuitously they have been able to obtain a supply of the original terrazzo mix – consisting of two NZ marble chips, Hanmer red and Hanmer cream – that was used for the terrazzo bases in the ambulatories.
Today they are making new moulds of the column bases by taking casts off the existing shapes to use as mould forms. Once cast, the new pieces cure for 6 weeks before they are polished and then installed. The larger pieces will have mechanical fixings (stainless steel ties and pins) and the smaller ones will be epoxy bonded to the columns.