The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct (CJESP) was the first major public structure built by the New Zealand Government since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and one of the several key projects expected to reinvigorate the city’s devastated CBD.

Project Name: Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct
Studio Name: Cox Architecture
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Photography: Dennis Radermacher
Site size:
40000 m2
Completion date: 2017

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Conference Room ©Dennis Radermacher

The CJESP 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.

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Workstation ©Dennis Radermacher

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.

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Exterior View ©Dennis Radermacher

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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