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Builder receives keys to Wagga courthouse

Issued: Monday, 17 November 2014

The $17 million upgrade of Wagga Wagga Courthouse is now underway.

Building company Project Coordination has started the first stage of the project, which involves the construction of a new two storey courthouse.

The company will employ more than 100 local tradesman and labourers on site over the next 14 months.

Once the new courthouse is completed, services will be transferred to the new building to allow builders to renovate the current courthouse.

The project will more than double the footprint of the courthouse from 1,535 to 3,655 square metres.

It will increase the number of courtrooms from four to six including two trial courts, two local courts and two tribunal rooms.

Other major features of the project include:

  • A new registry to provide simpler, faster and easier access to court services;
  • Six new interview rooms;
  • Modified layout to prevent prisoners coming into contact with other court users;
  • New safe room for victims of domestic violence;
  • Two remote witness rooms to allow victims of sexual assault to give evidence without having to face their alleged attacker;
  • Two new jury deliberation rooms and one new assembly room; and
  • Improved security.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

Project Coordination is one of Australia's largest privately owned mid-tier construction companies and has been operating in NSW and the ACT since 1975.