11/11/2011 - 11:13

Supreme Court to anchor new tower

11/11/2011 - 11:13

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The Supreme Court of Western Australia has been promised shiny new digs, in the yet-to-be constructed office tower of the St George’s Cathedral precinct redevelopment.

Attorney General Christian Porter said the Supreme Court’s civil court rooms, mediation rooms, legal library and judicial chambers would take up 15 floors of the 35-storey tower.

Mr Porter said the existing heritage building in the Supreme Court Gardens would continue to be used and would remain as the base for the Court of Appeal.

“The State Administrative Tribunal will also be located in the development which will give Perth a distinct justice precinct, while creating an outstanding new public space in the city,” Mr Porter said in a statement.

The redevelopment will include the demolition of the Law Chambers building and refurbishment of the Old Treasury Buildings into a five-star hotel and construction of a new City of Perth library, along with the new tower.

The hotel and office tower developments will be financed by developers Mirvac and FJM Aman.

“The development is another example of the state achieving value for money and an outstanding design and urban planning outcome through private sector financing and innovation,” Mr Porter said.

“Subject to the finalisation of the agreements, the first works are expected to start in April 2012.”

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