The Supreme Court of Western Australia will be incorporated as the centrepiece of the redeveloped St George's Cathedral heritage precinct in central Perth.
Attorney General Christian Porter today announced that the Supreme Court's civil court rooms, mediation rooms, legal library and judicial chambers would occupy 15 floors in the lower section of a new 35-storey office tower to be built as part of the Old Treasury Building redevelopment.
Mr Porter said the development of high-quality accommodation specially designed for the court would make it ideal for a needed consolidation and future expansion of the Supreme Court.
“The existing historic 1903 building in the Supreme Court Gardens will continue to be used and remain the base for the Court of Appeal,” he said.
“The State Administrative Tribunal will also be located in the development which will give Perth a distinct justice precinct, while creating an outstanding new public space in the city.”
The Cathedral heritage precinct project will comprise five individual construction projects - conversion of the Old Treasury Buildings into a boutique hotel; construction of a new 35-level tower to house the Supreme Court; full refurbishment of the Public Trustee building, which is to be renamed Church House; construction of a new City of Perth library; and construction of an underground car park to service the entire site.
To enable this to occur, the existing Law Chambers Building, which abuts the Public Trustee Building, will be demolished. The development of the precinct has required a complex set of agreements between the State and all of the land holders and developers. The Attorney General praised all the parties for their determination in bringing the project to life.
The hotel and office tower developments on the Old Treasury Buildings site will be fully financed by developers Mirvac and FJM Aman, with the State providing a long-term ground lease for the site and taking up tenancy of the completed office tower.
“The development is another example of the State achieving value for money and an outstanding design and urban planning outcome through private sector financing and innovation,” Mr Porter said. “Subject to the finalisation of the agreements, the first works are expected to start in April 2012.”
The Supreme Court is currently based in two separate buildings - Stirling Gardens, Perth (corner Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace) and levels 13, 14 and 15, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth (corner William Street)
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