Newcastle Courthouse Development, Newcastle

Project Type:

Heritage Impact Assessment

Client:

Cox Richardson Architects & Planners

LGA: Newcastle

GML was engaged by Cox Richardson on behalf of the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice to prepare a Heritage Impact Statement for the proposed new courthouse in Newcastle’s city centre. The new courthouse development has been designed to provide a modern and functional replacement for the old Newcastle Courthouse (located across four buildings in Church and Bolton Streets), which was no longer adequate for the growing court and tribunal needs of the Newcastle region. The proposed new courthouse has also been designed to complement the Newcastle Civic Centre Precinct renewal project by Newcastle City Council.

GML provided built heritage and archaeological advice to the design team, prepared the Heritage Impact Statement to accompany the project Development Application, and secured necessary archaeology approvals under the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW). The Heritage Impact Statement included an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal archaeological assessment and an assessment of the impact of the proposal on the Newcastle City Centre Heritage Conservation Area. The project received approval in 2012 and is nearing completion.

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Hunter Street, Newcastle. (Source: Mitchell Library, SLNSW, a440185h)

Hunter Street, Newcastle. (Source: Mitchell Library, SLNSW, a440185h)

Visualisation of the Newcastle Courthouse Development. (Source: Cox Richardson)

Visualisation of the Newcastle Courthouse Development. (Source: Cox Richardson)

Visualisation of the Newcastle Courthouse Development. (Source: Cox Richardson)

Visualisation of the Newcastle Courthouse Development. (Source: Cox Richardson)

Visualisation of the Newcastle Courthouse Development. (Source: Cox Richardson)

Visualisation of the Newcastle Courthouse Development. (Source: Cox Richardson)

Historical map of the Newcastle Courthouse developemnt area. (Source: SLNSW, M3 811.253/1922/1)

Historical map of the Newcastle Courthouse developemnt area. (Source: SLNSW, M3 811.253/1922/1)