Christchurch Justice and Emergency Precinct


Project Description

The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct currently under construction in the central business district, brings together all justice and emergency services in one purpose-built, leading-edge precinct in central Christchurch from mid-2017.

It is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand’s history. An estimated 2,000 people will work in or use the 40,000 square metre precinct daily.

One combined location

The Precinct is located in the central city block bordered by Colombo, Tuam, Durham and Lichfield Streets in Christchurch. It is one of the anchor projects and forms part of the Government’s blueprint for the central city rebuild. The site was chosen for its direct access to the city’s main arterial roads.

The precinct will house

·  Ministry of Justice

·  Police

·  Corrections

·  St John

·  New Zealand Fire Service

·  Civil defence and emergency management functions of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, the Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury.

The judiciary will also be housed in the precinct, in a way that recognises and ensures its constitutional independence.

The precinct features

·  Three buildings; a justice building, an emergency services building and a parking building for operational vehicles.

·  19 courtrooms encompassing the Māori Land Court, Youth Courts, Family Courts, District Courts, High Court, Environment Court and other specialist jurisdictions.

·  A purpose-built Emergency Operations Centre, providing state-of-the-art emergency response capability for local, regional and national incidents.

·  South Island 111 emergency services (NZ Fire Service, Police and St John), along with Civil Defence and Emergency Management agencies for Christchurch and Canterbury, are located adjacent to the Emergency Operations Centre for seamless collaboration.

·  An advanced approach to seismic design – with base isolation and built to an Importance Level 4 standard.

·  Resilience against any future emergency. The Emergency Operations Centre will have its own power, water, and waste disposal for at least 72 hours.