Bendigo Law Courts Development

Artists impression: View from the corner of Mundy and Hargreaves streets

Court Services Victoria is delivering a state-of-the-art regional court for Bendigo that puts people and community first.

This landmark civic building will set a new standard for the delivery of justice to the Bendigo community and the wider Loddon Mallee region.  

Construction commenced in 2020 and with work beginning to take shape above ground, the distinctive new building will soon join the Bendigo skyline. 

Scheduled for completion in late 2022, operations in the new building will commence in 2023. 

The design approach

The future court takes design inspiration from the striking spires and towers of Bendigo's skyline, as well as more modest expressions of Bendigo's built architectural heritage.

Collaboration with Bendigo's Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung has informed elements of the design, including:  

  • a representation of creation being Bundjiyl (Bunjil), will soar four levels high, built into 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.   

John Wardle Architects and landscape architects ASPECT Studios have worked closely with the Dja Dja Wurrung to bring these ideas to life in the future court's design.

Watch the following videos to hear Judicial Officers, together with Bendigo's Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung, and John Wardle Architects, explain how the unique design collaboration is setting the scene for a culturally safe and inclusive court.

Or view the striking designs in the following animation:

Building designs for Bendigo Court

This page was last updated: Wednesday 20 October 2021 - 4:49pm