Newcastle’s long-awaited new courthouse officially opens.
The $90m justice precinct replaces the old Church Street building that has been operating for almost 124 years.
NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton opened the seven-storey building in Feb this year, along with guests including NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC, Newcastle Law Society president Gary Fox and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.
Ms Upton said the courthouse, the city’s first main justice hub outside the east end, set a benchmark for the state’s courts.
This new $90 million, seven-storey complex is the most secure and technologically advanced courthouse in the state.
The 12,000 square metre complex has 10 state-of-the-art courtrooms, two tribunal rooms for Local, District and Supreme Court hearings, judge’s chambers, jury assembly area, sheriff offices, interview rooms, admin spaces for the judiciary, legal professions and police as well as holding cells Landscaping and public domain works.
The technology in the courts allows off-site witness testimony, remote bail applications and private suites allowing witnesses to provide “in camera” evidence.
John Holland started construction at the Hunter Street site in January 2013, with more than 1,500 people working on the project.
John Holland, one of Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and service providers, has had a presence in Newcastle for over 20 years and as a result utilised local labour during the construction phase, creating jobs and subsequently improving the local economy.
Trojan Recruitment was fortunate to partner with John Holland to complete one of Newcastle’s most iconic projects.
The Trojan Newcastle branch provided a workforce for John Holland of more than 17,000 man hours over the entire two year project.
Trojan and John Holland have partnered with each other on many projects over the years but none more high profile or challenging as this.
The new Courthouse sets a new benchmark for how modern justice services in NSW can now be delivered, and the Hunter region should be very proud.