find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Sydney courts' upgrade to cost $214 million

Sydney courts' upgrade to cost $214 million

The New Lawyer can reveal the true cost of the law courts' design upgrade... a pretty $214 million.

SYDNEY'S Queens Square Law Courts' $214 million upgrade included a design overhaul of 19 courts taking up an area of 27,000 square metres, The New Lawyer can reveal. 


NSW Premier Nathan Rees announced a $69 million upgrade to the NSW Supreme Court building on Tuesday, as has been reported, but this is only a fraction of the actual upgrade and expenditure. 


An update of the 27-storey, 1970s modern heritage building in Sydney's Macquarie Street saw Law Courts Limited hire architects Hassell as well as Group GSA to add light to the justice system.  


The courts, which house the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of NSW and their associated operational departments, needed a design that reflected the philosophy of an open, transparent court process, the architects said. 


Fundamental to the design is the implementation of a collegial environment for judicial staff, as well as the incorporation of new technologies. 


The architects were asked to create spaces with materials befitting an important public institution. Durability and longevity have also been key drivers in the design process. The refitted building has also received major life safety and maintenance upgrades, extending its useable life, the architects said. 


Energy saving design would save the courts 20 per cent of its energy output, which would translate to an annual financial saving of about $100,000. 


The courts will continue to fully function, and the redesign is expected to be compete by 2012. 

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending


Sydney courts' upgrade to cost $214 million
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jan 23 2018
Disrupting traditional archiving and storage methods
Promoted by Fileman TRENDS COME and go but technology and its disruption to the legal landscape h...
Scales of Justice
Jan 23 2018
WA to close ‘legal loophole’ on gender reassignment laws
Laws in Western Australia will soon change to permit married people to undergo gender reassignment s...
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
Jan 22 2018
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
The #mypathtolaw hashtag has been embraced by legal eagles to swap stories with the Twitter communit...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...