In 2016 FMSA Architecture was engaged by Courts Services Victoria as Principal Consultant for the Asset & Security Redevelopment Program. The program focuses on the upgrade and expansion of 16 existing Victorian metropolitan and regional court complexes to ensure that the facilities meet the current CSV operational and security guidelines. The goal was to create a ‘safe and secure facility’ for all Courts staff and members of the public visiting the courts.
The Program was initiated to address the operational issues of the ageing assets which contributed to an inability to meet OHS requirements for staff, and security of all occupants in general, and in relation to new Family Violence objectives.
For many reasons Courthouses and registries are places of potential stress and conflict for users. Our design response responded to this issue in a consistent manner across all sites because of tailored consultation with CSV assets team and stakeholders at the individual sites. The construction and delivery of the upgrades will occur in live environments with minimal disruption to ongoing service activities and ensuring safety to all users.
As Principal Consultants, our scope of services ranged from the development and documentation of architectural solutions through project phases – from feasibility to contract administration – in liaison with CSV and the CSV appointed Project Manager, Johnstaff.
The program delivery was packaged in 2 tranches over a two-year period in line with funding requirements. Project scope ranged from minor upgrades, to the reconfiguration of internal spaces and minor extensions, to major alterations and additions.
With works undertaken concurrently at 16 existing courts facilities in regional and metropolitan Melbourne, our Design Team was structured to ensure efficient and consistent design and delivery. Led by a common Project Director and Project Leader, the projects were divided among supporting Project Architects based on location, scope and tranche.