Embracing our heritage in design – Courts upgrades

While we are most often tasked with designing new buildings, we also relish the opportunity to develop solutions that enhance old buildings and embrace our heritage in design.

We are currently working with Court Services Victoria on a project that gives us the opportunity to upgrade a number of Victoria’s aging courthouses and registries to improve the safety of the public and staff.

Being in the early stages of the project, the team is in the midst of traveling across the State to visit the buildings and happily finding that several of the buildings are beautiful examples of heritage public architecture. The project team are collaborating with FMSA Principal Michael Fooks to provide heritage analysis of some of the buildings to inform a sensitive design solution.

The Bairnsdale Courthouse is one of the buildings that struck a chord with both Project Director Greg Anson and Project Architect Trevor Rees on their recent visit. Of the building Greg said:

‘I think we are privileged to be involved with upgrading old buildings like the Bairnsdale Courthouse. The building is over the top inside and out. The interior spaces are beautifully detailed with a built in passive cooling system – Tobin cooling – that uses thermal mass and high level ventilation to draw cool air through the building. This one is a real gem.’

From the images and beautiful hand drawings of the Courthouse we think you will agree – it really is a gem.

We hope to share more updates about the many buildings in the project as it progresses over the coming months.