Wanganui Courts

Impact is a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Property Advisory Panel. This Panel provides the Ministry with a list of consultants, including architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers, to provide services for its construction projects.

In July 2010 Impact completed the project management of the Wanganui District and High Courts extension for the Ministry of Justice. The majority of the extension was to the existing custodial area, with a new sally port, custodial office, bail-out facility and holding cells. While all this took place, the courthouse needed to continue to operate without disruption. Significant staging was required to enable the transfer and holding of people in custody to continue to operate as normal.

The project required working with New Zealand Police and the Department of Corrections to ensure high security standards at all times. While not a high-value project, the complexities were considerable. The Ministry has numerous disparate stakeholders, including Court staff, regional managers, iwi, security, the judiciary, lawyers, Police and Corrections.

There were also complex site issues, because the project bordered Moutoa Gardens. As a result, significant iwi and stakeholder communication and negotiation were required. The Wanganui courthouse is owned by a local iwi trust and Moutoa Gardens are managed by a local iwi board.

Despite design pressures, the project was achieved to the satisfaction of all parties within the boundaries of the current site.

Impact is currently working with the Ministry on its Gisborne District and High Courts Alterations and Additions project. The $7 million project is an extension to the existing court to allow space for the Family and Civil Court.

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Impact Project Management have showed excellent understanding and developed a good relationship with both the National Office and Courthouse Project teams in dealing with the complex issue’s of a working courthouse. This understanding is successfully delivering the project within the programme and under budget.

- Jeff Halmshaw, Property Project Manager, Ministry of Justice