Officially opened in September 2017, the Precinct is a $300 million anchor project led by the NZ Ministry of Justice. The 42,000 sqm state of the art facility brings together all justice and emergency services in one purpose built, leading edge facility in central Christchurch. Made up of three buildings, it is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand’s history and an estimated 2,000 people will work or use the facility each day.

Awarded the mechanical services contract by Fletcher Construction, Benmax played a key role in the development of the milestone facility. A project that pushed the limits in design and technology, the experience and expertise of the entire Benmax team proved crucial in delivering a quality product from concept and design, through to commissioning.

The precinct houses:

  • 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.

Judicial services 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 7,100 square metre 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 (EOC), 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 EOC 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 EOC will have its own power, water, and waste disposal for at least 72 hours.

project overview

Year Completed: 2017
Project Type: Government / Commercial
Client: Fletcher Construction

project features

  • Artesian water feed central plan
  • 19 courtrooms
  • EOC centre
  • IL4 seismic design
  • High effeciency energy recovery systems