The Department of Attorney General and Justice NSW identified that the current court facilities in Newcastle are unable to adequately provide the required volume or complexity of services required of a city of its size. In response, the Department sought to prepare a business case for the refurbishment or replacement of the Newcastle Courthouse, engaging Jackson Teece in 2008 to assess the opportunities and constraints for four shortlisted sites.

Key aspects investigated as part of our feasibility study included the implications of planning controls, surrounding land uses, zoning, heritage, development restrictions, and geological constraints/mining subsidence on the development potential of each site.

A preferred site was selected by the client following the submission of our report. We were subsequently engaged in 2010 to update our report with a more detailed assessment of the opportunities and constraints for the preferred site.