The Bendigo Law Courts will realise a state-of-the-art regional building that puts people and community first.
Artists impression: View from the corner of Mundy and Hargreaves streets
Built over five levels, it has nine courtrooms, two hearing rooms, two mediation suites, remote witness facilities, safe waiting facilities, dedicated jury areas, and meeting rooms for support agencies and client services.
The new courts will service the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Children's Court of Victoria, and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, as well as the County Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of Victoria , and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, on a circuit basis.
The facilities are anchored in Bendigo's heritage and Dja Dja Wurrung culture, Bendigo's Traditional Owners. Its design responds to the eight principles identified during consultation. You can watch a video about the designs.
As a modern regional hub, Bendigo Law Courts will deliver accessible and responsive justice to the region. A Koori Court will be among the specialist responses in the new facility, improving access to justice for Aboriginal people in Bendigo and the Loddon Mallee region, an area extending from Kyneton to Mildura in the north-west of Victoria.
Enhancing civic and cultural identity
The design is inspired by the city's skyline and heritage, and civic development. The building is informed by the cultural imagery and knowledge of the Dja Dja Wurrung, and the physical environment. John Wardle Architects and landscape architects ASPECT Studios have worked closely with DJAARA to bring these ideas to life in the future court's design including:
- a representation of creation being Bunjil, soaring four levels high in the building's copper fabric, enveloping the corner facade of Hargreaves and Mundy Streets
- a welcoming courtyard will be paved to symbolise a smoking ceremony and landscaped to symbolise the distinctive granite outcrops, water features and native flora of Dja Dja Wurrung Country.
Functional and flexible, responsive to user's needs
The existing Bendigo Law Court can no longer meet modern accessibility and safety requirements for the growing local population. Based on best-practice principles for inclusion and openness, the new courts will provide greater access to justice for the community and be fit-for-purpose as a modern court, while being able to respond to changing community and justice needs.
Designed for long-term adaptability, the new facilities will be responsive to the physical, social and psychological needs and experiences of its different users to improve the experience of people using and working in the courts. Digital technology has been integrated through courtrooms, staff work areas, judicial chambers and public spaces to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the court's operations.
Sustainable and efficient
The building will be Net Zero Carbon ready to deliver improved energy, water and resource use and save costs and certified 5 Star' by Green Star Buildings, Australia's leading rating tool for new buildings and major refurbishments.
Copper references several of Bendigo's heritage buildings, is environmentally friendly, fully recyclable, and safe to use. Besides its high corrosion resistance and attractive appearance, it also keeps growths such as moss and lichens to a minimum. The finish will patina over time.
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