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Issue No. 357 May 2012

Symbolic start on Christchurch Station

Work on the new temporary Christchurch Central Police Station took a symbolic step forward this month with a sod-turning ceremony on the site.

District Commander Superintendent Gary Knowles and Minister of Conservation, the Hon Kate Wilkinson, representing the Minister of Police, turned the first sod on the site at the corner of St Asaph Street and Antigua Street. Ngai Tahu representatives performed a blessing.

The new station will be single-storey, with a floor area of 7,300 square metres. It is to be constructed with a modular system being used for a number of other temporary facilities in the city.

Sited a few streets from its predecessor, it's expected to serve as the central station for up to seven years.
District Commander Superintendent Gary Knowles said at the ceremony the project marked a new beginning for Police, and was an important symbol of the Christchurch rebuild.

The building project marks a new beginning for Police.
Photo: Senior Constable Mike Johnston, Christchurch Forensic Photography

"This is a really positive step after everything we have been through," he said.

Minister Wilkinson said it was a welcome sign of Police's long-term commitment to the central city, where it has had a presence for 139 years.

Design and construction have been fast-tracked and the station is scheduled to be operating in November.

In the meantime, many staff who previously occupied the upper nine floors of Christchurch Central station have moved into the lower four floors. Others have decamped to portable buildings in the yard, or relocated to other stations around the city.

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