Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Christchurch, New Zealand

This is the first major public building to be built by the New Zealand Government in Christchurch since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and one of the several key projects expected to reinvigorate the city’s devastated CBD.

It represents one of the largest multi-agency government co-location projects in New Zealand’s history and the largest combined justice and emergency services facility in Australasia.

The 40,000m² precinct houses 19 multi-jurisdictional courtrooms, an emergency operations centre, facilities for police, corrections, the fire service and St John’s Ambulance.

The precinct is also home to the emergency management teams of the Ministry of Civil Defence, Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury, along with the Ministry of Justice and judiciary – all in one connected facility that breaks with traditional defensive justice architecture to embrace a more open, transparent environment.

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Winner, Public Architecture, NZIA Canterbury Awards, 2018

Winner, Interior Architecture, NZIA Canterbury Awards, 2018

Commendation, Public Architecture, AIA International Chapter, 2019


In association with
Warren and Mahoney and Opus Architecture
Ministry of Justice
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