Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct

About the Precinct

The Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct (the Precinct) is a $300 million anchor project, led by the Ministry of Justice.

The Precinct brings together all justice and emergency services in one purpose-built, leading-edge precinct in central Christchurch.

Project summary

'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 Precinct, made up of 3 buildings – the Justice Building, the Emergency Services Building and a car park for operational vehicles – is located in the central city block bordered by Colombo, Tuam, Durham and Lichfield Streets in Christchurch’s central business district. Its location will play a critical role in defining the southern edge of a more compact and vibrant city centre.

An estimated 2,000 people will work in or use the 42,000m2 Precinct daily. At the peak of construction, 500 to 600 people will be working onsite each day.

It is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand’s history and the first major public building to be built in Christchurch by the government since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

The Precinct will help 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 all New Zealanders.

The Precinct will house the:

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

The Precinct 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 a shared emergency operations centre will make coordinated responses to emergencies easier to achieve.

Construction timeline

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 in early 2017. The Ministry will take possession of the Precinct in early 2017 to commence fit out and furnishing of spaces. Agencies will begin to move in after that and the whole site will be fully operational by mid-2017.


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

  • Main contractor: The Fletcher Construction Company
  • 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.

Find out more about the project

For other enquiries about the project, email


Ref: Ministry Of Justice article, 14 Mar 2017