Court Services Victoria has indicated Kane Constructions as preferred builder to deliver the main works on the new Bendigo Law Courts.
Early works on the site, a former TAFE, began late last year, carried out by Nicholson Construction, with main works set to commence in July.
Construction is expected to create 390 jobs, with a caveat in the contract stipulating work be done by local Bendigo contractors.
Funding for the new court was set aside in the 2019-20 Victorian state budget, part of a government initiative to revitalise the Bendigo city precinct.
Other state government projects in the area include the Bendigo GovHub and the Bendigo Kangan Institute development.
The court building has been designed with sustainability at its fore, including smart waste management and reduced energy and water consumption initiatives.
The Law Court development has been a priority for Court Services Victoria and the legal community in Bendigo for a number of years, with the current facilities lacking modern safety and accessibility requirements.
The new building will have improved accessibility for all court users and staff, with increased capacity to relieve strain on other courts and tribunals and be fully digitally enabled.
The Bendigo Law Court will be the first regional court in Victoria to provide specialist courts for the Koori community, have a specialist Children’s Court response operating on circuit, as well as specialist services for family violence, drug and mental health matters.
Design for the new facility has been provided by John Wardle Architects, and reflects the culture and knowledge of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, with the human-centred design approach signifying a place of reconciliation.
Natural materials have been incorporated into the design for their biophilic effect, with calming, soft materials used in recognition of the court being a stressful experience for attendees.
Kane and Nicholson also recently partnered to deliver the $100m Ballarat GovHub, which opened earlier this year.
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