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Issued: Tuesday 18 November 2014
The largest renovation of the Wollongong Courthouse is now underway.
Local construction company Edward Constructions is carrying out the $15 million upgrade which will increase the number of courtrooms from six to seven including the addition of a non-custodial courtroom to case manage criminal and civil matters and conduct tribunal hearings.
The builders will also re-open the original entrance in Market Street giving it a contemporary new look with a glass façade and installing a lift and handrails to improve disability access.
Some of the other major features of the project include:
An increase in interview rooms from four to 12;
Modified layout to prevent prisoners coming into contact with court users; and
A new safe room for victims of domestic violence.
Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016.