Mackay Courthouse Redevelopment

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BVN in association with Paul Ipson Architects
Department of Public Works & Housing / Department of Justice & Attorney-General
12 Brisbane Street Mackay, QLD
March 1, 2004
Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Contract Documentation and Contract Administration

5228 m2


Enhancing the historic character of the existing Courthouse whilst providing a more efficient and modern facility

The Mackay Courthouse redevelopment project includes the refurbishment of the existing heritage listed Courthouse and a major extension to the building. Designed in association with Paul Ipson Architects, BVN was responsible for the heritage refurbishment and Paul Ipson Architects for the new addition.

The final design for the Courthouse is the result of extensive consultation with 12 separate user groups and stakeholders. The design enhances the public appreciation of the historic character of the existing courthouse whilst providing a more efficient and modern facility.

The new building incorporates four different circulation systems for the public, judiciary, prisoners and staff. It is arranged over four levels including basement carparking and storage, a raised ground level for two new Magistrates Courts, Clerk of the Court facilities, and Magistrates Chambers, and an upper level for a new District Court, General Purpose Court and associated judiciary facilities. A major recessed roof level provides for large plant areas and future growth.

All spaces, including access to the historic existing Courthouse, are arranged around a two storey high atrium for easy orientation, daylight penetration and an appreciation of the fabric and character of the older building.

The project was delivered successfully within extremely tight budgetary and site constraints.


12 Brisbane Street Mackay, QLD

Brief Elements

  • Car Parking
  • Clerk of the Court facilities
  • District Court
  • General Purpose Court
  • Magistrates Chambers
  • Magistrates Courts
  • Offices
  • Storage