The new Christchurch Central Police Station was officially opened on 14th February 2013 by the Minister of Police and Corrections, Hon. Anne Tolley.
Apollo began construction of the new building last May, and the first Police staff moved in just seven months later. Total construction time to full handover has been just nine months.
Canterbury District Commander Superintendent Gary Knowles paid tribute to Apollo Projects and those involved in the construction, saying the rapid build time made the project extremely challenging.
“The background of the Canterbury earthquakes, the displacement of our staff and the tight time frames, make today’s ceremony all the more remarkable.
“This project has been completed in about a third of the time it normally takes to design, plan and build a major police station. It’s been an outstanding effort from everyone involved.
“This is a very different environment from the premises we’ve occupied in the past. It’s modern, spacious and high-tech – and having so many of our staff on one site is encouraging us all to work more collaboratively.”
As well as using an Apollo designed, innovative ground stabilisation solution due to the liquefaction potential of the site, the complex also meets IL4 earthquake design standards for a post-disaster facility.
To recognise the extraordinary lengths taken to complete such a challenging and time-pressured project and the significant contribution to the new station, Apollo Projects CEO Craig Waghorn and Project Manager Steve Hastie were presented with a plaque from New Zealand Police as a token of their appreciation.
For more information regarding Apollo’s involvement in the project view the Christchurch Central Police Station Project Profile.
Plus, view a time-lapse video of the construction process below.