Newcastle Courthouse Development

A new build judicial complex in Newcastle’s CBD totalling 12,616m2 GFA with associated external works and incoming services. The seven-storey building provides basement car parking, custodial holding cells, two tribunal rooms, 10 courtrooms and legal rooms for Supreme, District, Local and Drug Court requirements.

Our involvement

Aquenta was engaged to provide a range of pre- and post-contract services for this project. Pre-contract services included the provision of cost planning advice, cost plans at Development Application 60%, 90% and pre-tender and attendance at design team meetings, value and risk management workshops. Post-contract services included monthly cost reports, cash-flow and certification of progress claims, adjudication on variations, agreement of the final account and attendance at Project Control Group meetings.


Cost Estimating, Cost Planning, Tender Evaluation and Review, Contract Management, Final Account Preparation and Agreement.

The outcome

The project commenced on site in January 2013 and was completed in April 2016, some 18 months late, but still under budget. Aquenta worked closely with the Department of Justice, the project manager and the design team from September 2011 to drive value in the design through value management workshops; ensuring the design met the project budget.