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Fitzroy Crossing Courthouse

Structural Engineering

Project Type / Category
Justice & Correctional Services
End Client
Building Management and Works (Department of Finance) / Department of Attorney General
Architect
Sandover Pinder Architects
Contractor
Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd
Project Value
$5.1M
Project Location
Cnr Fallon Road and McLarty Road, FITZROY CROSSING WA 6725
Project Completion
September 2015
Unique Design Items
  • Understanding of the local Aboriginal heritage issues.
  • Designing for local overland flooding and the ground conditions being rock.
  • Superstructure design for one trade in mind in order to reduce costs and speed up construction.
Awards
  • 2016 Master Builders Kimberley-Pilbara Awards – Winner, Commercial Industrial Building $2,500,000 - $6,500,000 (Awarded to Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd)
  • 2016 Master Builders Kimberley-Pilbara Awards – Winner, Excellence in Cladding (Awarded to Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd)
  • 2016 Master Builders Kimberley-Pilbara Awards – Winner, Excellence in Roofing (tile, metal & other cladding) (Awarded to Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd)
  • 2016 Master Builders Kimberley-Pilbara Awards – Winner, Bankwest Best Commercial Building for the Kimberley-Pilbara Region 2016 (Awarded to Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd)

The new Fitzroy Crossing Courthouse was designed to be an extension to the existing police station building – replacing the previous ageing court built in the 1970s. The replacement courthouse has been designed to have a direct connection to and complement the new replacement police station.

Accommodation in the new Courthouse comprises of a magistrates courtroom, four interview rooms, a secure police station-court custody link, internal and external public waiting areas, judicial chambers, additional on site car parking and landscape gardens. It is anticipated that this new modern and culturally appropriate facility will enhance the efficiency of the court system, make prisoner transfers safer and lead to better outcomes for the community.

The courthouse was designed by Sandover Pinder Architects on behalf of Building Management and Works (Department of Finance WA) with Pritchard Francis engaged for the civil and structural engineering.

It was critical that the team understood the existing location and the heritage context of the area. Knowing rock would be present, flood levels can affect the town, and heritage items had been found in proximity, the Pritchard Francis team worked on an elevated design to minimise the impact of the surrounding areas and still allow disabled access.

Being a remote facility, it was important that the trades were specifically selected and that some resources were not used due to limited availability and significant transport costs. This resulted in a structural steel frame with lightweight infill stud walls. Allowing one trade to complete the entire superstructure.

To achieve the Architect’s requirement for a slimline design, purlins were in the same plane as rafters and considerable attention was paid regarding detailing around vapour seals in conjunction with the mechanical engineer.

The completed development won the MBA Kimberley awards for 2016 for $2.5M – $6.5M Commercial Developments as well as awards for cladding and roofing and is testament to the architecture, quality engineering and eye for detail from the Builder.

The complex was officially opened on 10 September 2015 and commenced operations on 15 September 2015. The project was completed on time and on budget.

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