The new ACT Law Courts Facility will meet the Territory’s needs for the next 50 years in a more functional, flexible and sustainable way, and create around 350 jobs throughout the construction phase of the project.
As the Territory's first Public Private Partnership (PPP), the major infrastructure project is also an important pathfinder. It demonstrates the ACT Government’s commitment to working in partnership with the private sector to deliver Canberra’s future infrastructure needs.
Juris Partnership was selected as the preferred proponent to deliver the project.
Juris is a consortium of companies with national and international experience in delivering PPPs. The consortium includes Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd, Macquarie Capital Group Limited, Programmed Facility Management Pty Ltd and Lyons architects. Under the PPP contract for the new ACT Law Courts, Juris will be responsible for the design, construction, financing and maintaining the facility for the next 25 years.
This is the ACT’s first entry into the PPP market, with other states and territories already having successfully taken advantage of this infrastructure delivery model. Other courts projects around the country, like the Perth CBD Courts and the County Court of Victoria have been delivered successfully through PPPs, and the ACT Government has used the ‘lessons learned’ from other jurisdictions throughout its own process.
The preferred proponent, Juris Partnership, reached financial close with the ACT Government on the Law Courts project on 17 December 2015. The project also received works approval from the National Capital Authority on 3 December 2015.
Construction commenced on the ACT Law Courts in 2016.
For more information on the ACT’s Partnerships Framework and other ACT PPP Projects visit http://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/partnerships-framework
The new ACT Law Courts Facility will accommodate the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Magistrates Court and Childrens Court with a four story new link building fronting Vernon Circle joining the existing Magistrates and refurbished Supreme Court buildings
The ACT Government has worked closely with Juris through the interactive tender process to respect and celebrate the heritage of the existing Supreme Court building in the development of the design for the new facility.
Key heritage features that will be maintained include the marble cladding, the internal atrium and the inscribed ‘Law Courts of the Australian Capital Territory’. The wood paneling in the original six courtrooms will also be given a new lease of life and used in the interior design.