The new purpose built 3,000m2 Archives facility in Wigram, The Wigram Archives Building, will ensure that important material and records that Christchurch Archives has been entrusted with will be preserved in highly secure and environmentally controlled premises for the future.
The location for the new Archives facility in Christchurch is on a Crown-owned New Zealand Defence Force site in Wigram. The Department of Internal Affairs led project includes a purpose-built storage facility and offices and carparking. The key drivers for the facility are security, environmental controls with minimised energy use, flexibility for future expansion and achievement of a facility in accordance with the New Archives Standards as an approved repository.
The Building Intelligence Group Christchurch was selected as project managers, reflecting our past experience in Archives facilities. Our role centred on understanding and helping define a site specific and performance brief to ensure that DIA’s requirements would be fully met. The Building Intelligence Group’s scope of service includes design management, procurement of contractors, programme and construction management.
The Wigram Archives Building facility opened to the public in August 2018. It is a fitting state-of-the-art home for important material such as court documents, the records of the Canterbury Provincial Government, among other treasures that Christchurch Archives has been entrusted with.