John hollandJohn Holland

The largest and most technologically advanced NSW court complex outside of Sydney.

Newcastle Courthouse Redevelopment

The $94 million redevelopment of the Newcastle courthouse created a landmark feature on Hunter Street, in the main precinct of Newcastle. This technologically advanced and architecturally superior building houses both a courthouse and local government office.

The building replaced the original courthouse facilities that were built in 1892 and was designed with environmentally responsible features such as solar panels, energy efficient air conditioning and smart use of natural light in order to reduce the building's carbon footprint.

The $94 million scope included the construction of a seven storey, 12,000 square metre building. It incorporates a variety of architectural features and material choices, including an impressive glass atrium roof, reinforced glass and decorative concrete elements, eight lift shafts, and acoustic panelling throughout.

The high security building includes holding cells, jury assembly and deliberation areas, legal interview rooms, facilities for victims of crime and support groups, Sheriff's office, state-of-the-art registry, judicial chambers, ten courtrooms and two tribunal rooms, and will host sittings of the Supreme, District and Local courts.

  • Customer
    NSW Department of Justice
  • Location
    Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Specialisation
    Justice & corrections
  • Start
    January 2013
  • End
    March 2016
Our team utilised local labour during the construction phase, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.
The design was focused on the experience the public would have when entering the courthouse. The new building is open and inviting with open atrium spaces, integrated public and art and comfortable waiting areas including separate spaces for opposing parties.


John Holland pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodiams of the land on which we work and live, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today.