Police and Justice Center Canton Zurich PJZ: Structural engineering

The new police and justice center of the canton of Zurich was built on the site of the former freight station in Zurich-Aussersihl-Hard. The impressive building unites police and prosecution authorities as well as a justice prison in a single location. We were involved in a wide range of disciplines in this extraordinary building, including structural engineering.
Quelle: Baudirektion Kanton Zürich, Till Forrer

With a length of 280 meters and a width of 115 meters, the solid construction houses 2030 workplaces, a prison wing with 280 places, an operations center, laboratory rooms for forensics, storage rooms for explosive goods, a gym, a shooting range, training rooms for the police school, a petrol station, an underground car park for emergency vehicles and a helipad.

The structural system of the building was particularly challenging due to the different uses and room sizes. On the first basement floor, which is designed for maneuvering articulated lorries, coaches and emergency vehicles, a few supports had to be sufficient to bear the load of the ceiling and the floors above. To make this possible, a steel mushroom measuring 3x3 meters and weighing 12 tons was lifted onto a support in a spectacular operation - one of the largest of its kind in the whole of Switzerland.

Our services

  • Development of excavations
  • Design and project planning of structural systems


Theo Hotz Partner AG as general planner on behalf of the Building Department of the Canton of Zurich


Confederation / cantons

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