Rotorua Police Station
New Zealand Police
The previous Rotorua Police Station – built in 1967 – was becoming unfit for purpose. In contrast, the new purpose-built Police Station and District Headquarters (DHQ) has increased efficiency by enabling operational synergies among units, reduced risks to staff and community through inappropriate facilities and increased interaction among staff, partner agencies and the Rotorua community.
The building represents Rotorua’s people and history in a contemporary way. Its design references Maori architecture, treating the building as a living organism, and providing a human-scaled entry. Vertical precast elements along the street frontage open or close the building to public view and evoke the protective wooden palisades of a Maori pa.
A Business Case was prepared by RDT Pacific – and was approved by the then Minister of Police, Judith Collins. Specialist input from a building contractor was sought as early as early as possible.
This Station is an Importance Level 4 building – designed to remain fully functional after a disaster. One of just a handful of New Zealand buildings to do so, it incorporates low damage, self-centring PRESSS (Pre-cast Seismic Structural Systems) technology, to accommodate seismic movement within the structure without damage.
“The main building is exceeding expectations. It’s enabling natural synergies among teams, it’s safer, thanks to a fit-for-purpose layout; and it encourages interaction with partner agencies and the community. It’s also highly flexible to change and growth, and represents a sound investment through reduced operating expenses and optimised value. This flagship Police Station is already an iconic presence in the centre of Rotorua City. The new premises offers local police an opportunity to ‘do a whole lot of things better’: to better serve victims of crime, the general public and each other.”
Police Project Director Joseph McGowan