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Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct is one of the anchor projects defined by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Agency (CERA) in the city’s recovery plan.

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"This precinct is a significant investment in the Christchurch rebuild and by housing all the justice sector agencies and the city's civil defence and emergency management functions in one location it also shows how public sector agencies can work more closely together." Prime Minister John Key

The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct is one of the anchor projects of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Agency's (CERA) city Recovery Plan. It is also the first major public building to be built in Christchurch by the government since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Its location will play a critical role in defining the southern edge of a more compact and vibrant city centre.

The precinct will house in one purpose built, world-class complex, the Ministry of Justice; New Zealand Police; Department of Corrections; New Zealand Fire Service; St John New Zealand; Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management; Canterbury Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group; and Christchurch City Council - Civil Defence and Emergency Management. The judiciary will also be housed in the precinct, in a way that recognises and ensures its constitutional independence.

The precinct will be the largest multi-agency government project in New Zealand's history. It is an opportunity to return justice and emergency services in Christchurch not just to their pre-earthquake state, but to a position where they can provide better public services through innovation and new ways of collaborating. Shared communications and emergency operations centres will make, co-ordinated responses to emergencies easier to achieve.

When fully operational, the precinct will house approximately 1,100 workers and accommodate 900 visitors every weekday.

As one of the anchor projects of the Christchurch Recovery Strategy, the precinct will help to restore confidence in Christchurch as a vibrant city of which its people can be proud. This is an important and exciting initiative for the people of Christchurch, and for all New Zealanders.

What is happening now?

Construction of the precinct commenced in July 2014 following the award of the main building contract to Fletcher Construction. Fletcher Construction will deliver all of the precinct buildings by the end of 2016, six months ahead of schedule.

Downer, the early works contractor, has completed the precinct’s ground improvements work. This included the stabilisation of more than 25,000 cubic metres of soil (equivalent to 10 Olympic size swimming pools) with 3,500 cubic metres of cement, which was placed back into the ground. This will support a heavy duty 1.2 metre thick concrete raft which will be the base for two of the precinct’s three buildings.

The following consultants have been engaged to assist with the design and construction of the precinct:

  • Project Manager: RCP
  • Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Architect: A consortium led by Warren & Mahoney, with Cox and Opus Architecture
  • Structural, civil and geotechnical engineering: Holmes Consulting Group
  • Building services engineer: Opus International Consultants
  • Fire engineering: Holmes Fire

A precinct site webcam will record the precinct’s construction from start to finish.

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For other enquiries about the project, please email

The Ministry's project team is working closely with CERA to ensure alignment between development of the precinct and CERA's blueprint for the Christchurch CBD.

New Zealand Police, Nga Pirihimana o Aotearoa.


Ministry of Justice, Tahu o te Ture.


Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa.


New Zealand Fire Service, Whakaratonga Iwi.


Civil Defence.


St John, first to care.

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