Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Project Overview

Sector: Government
Location: New Zealand – South Island
Year Completed: 2017

Project Features

  • State of the art purpose built facility
  • 42,000 sqm across five levels
  • Three interconnected buildings
  • Importance Level 4 (IL4) seismic design
  • Artesian water feed central plant
  • High efficiency energy recovery systems
  • BIM technology utilised
  • Large scale of prefabricated and preassembled HVAC equipment
  • Active Chilled Beams cooling system

Project Details

A Christchurch anchor project and state-of-the-art government justice facility

Officially opened in September 2017, the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct is the largest combined justice and emergency services facility in Australasia and was the first major project delivered by the New Zealand Government under the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan following the devastating 2010 earthquakes.

The 42,000 sqm purpose-built facility is made up of three separate buildings: the Justice Building, Emergency Services Building and a dedicated car park building to house operational vehicles from the various agencies.

Spread across five levels it accommodates 19 multi-jurisdictional courtrooms, custodial spaces, an Emergency Operations Centre, as well as facilities for the NZ Fire Service, NZ Police, NZ Corrections, St John’s Ambulance and management teams of the Ministry of Civil Defence, Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury.

The precinct is designed to Importance Level 4 standard with capacity to withstand significant seismic events and remain in operation during a critical incident to provide central services at a local, regional, and/or national level.

Awarded the mechanical services design and construct contract by Fletcher Construction, the experience of the Benmax team proved crucial in delivering the design and technology requirements of the milestone facility.

Benmax successfully completed work on the milestone project in 2017 and continues to provide maintenance services at the site today.

“Benmax bring significant design engineering and BIM modelling expertise to allow modular construction to be implemented early in the process. This early involvement is critical. It not only brings construction delivery benefits but adds value for any client, not just with engineering improvements but ultimately significant cost savings.”
Fletcher Construction

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