The Parramatta Justice Precinct project was awarded to Brookfield Multiplex in August 2005, with works including the refurbishment of Jeffrey House – a heritage listed building adjacent to the Parramatta River – and the construction of two court buildings and an office building to be utilised by the Department of the Attorney General.
The new court buildings include a Children’s Court for juvenile offenders, a trial court building with nine courtrooms for criminal trials and the Justice Administration Building office facility and broad areas of public space.
The Justice Administration building features a nine storey internal atrium with state-of-the-art energy efficient and environmental design features.
To achieve Green Star certification in accordance with the requirements of The Green Star Council, the Justice Building incorporates a number of design features that deliver energy savings and a corresponding reduction in the long term running costs.
As with the current crop of Government buildings, the health and amenity of the office environment is a key consideration. Brookfield Multiplex utilised only materials and finishes that comply with the requirements of the Green Star Council.
The Justice Administration Building features an above ceiling passive ‘chilled beam’ system with a perforated metal pan ceiling to cool the office levels. The system utilises cooling coils located above the ceiling level to reduce the temperature of rising warm air from the office environment. The cooled air then descends to the office space, providing a cooling effect with minimal air movement.
The amalgamation of both functional and aesthetic buildings has provided a practical and contemporary precinct for the community.