The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct is the largest multi-agency government co-location project in New Zealand. The Precinct is intended to deliver justice and emergency services in one purpose-built facility, and provide a strong anchor and catalyst to post-earthquake regeneration of the Christchurch central city. The site was officially opened in late 2017.
Boffa Miskell was engaged by the Ministry of Justice to advise on, prepare applications for, and obtain resource consents for the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct from Christchurch City Council.
Boffa Miskell also provided landscape architecture services for the project.
The planning work had to be completed under time pressure to enable the overall project timeframes to be met. Boffa Miskell’s understanding of the project and the drivers of the client and the build, ensured we provided advice on the most effective and efficient consenting approach.
Ensuring that the design of the Precinct delivered on urban design best practice, and incorporated Ngāi Tahu cultural narratives into the design, while at the same time meeting the Ministry’s project objectives, were key considerations in the successful consenting of the project.
We worked with the client and wider team ensure that the design and related documentation appropriately achieved this, including incorporating feedback from engagement with Ngāi Tahu, and the Council Urban Design Panel.
The landscape design for the Precinct incorporated cultural cues, while meeting the Ministry’s specific functionality and Crime Prevention design requirements.
Due to the tight construction timeframe, the consenting of the project was staged. Boffa Miskell assisted by ensuring the right approvals were in place at the right time. The design for the Justice Precinct continuously evolved, including during construction in response to buildability, user needs, and cost considerations.
Our understanding of project functionality and buildability constraints allowed us to quickly respond to design changes and obtain any variations to the resource consent in a timely manner, ensuring the overall build programme could continue.
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