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Designing for Justice: Enhancing Civic Presence

Armadale Courthouse & Police Complex

The complexity in spatial relationships stands as one of the most notable successes of the project. Exceptionally complex briefs from both client agencies were rationalised to achieve a logical and easily understood solution.  The challenge was to design an operational environment which responded to spatial relationships, usage requirements, and acknowledged various department synergies.

Numerous workshops on navigation, way-finding, security, safety, access control and the diverse spatial typologies were essential. These sessions were instrumental in ensuring thorough planning to guarantee the operational success, intuitive design responses and functionality across the various purposes.

The WA Police Force Complex

The Western Australia Police Force complex required meticulous adherence to the WA Police Force Accommodation Standards, embodying a commitment to excellence in law enforcement infrastructure. Designed with a foresight into the service delivery philosophy of the WA Police Force, the project aimed to create a working environment that not only meets the necessary standards but also aligns with the forward-looking vision of the organisation. The project delved into defining pertinent issues, exploring non-asset solutions, minimising both capital and recurrent costs, and ensuring that the design caters to specific working requirements.

The Courthouse

The Courthouse embodies several briefing themes and expectations, including the incorporation of symbolism to project a sense of seriousness without instilling intimidation, and prioritising spaces and technology for non-trial dispute resolution. In addition to meeting these objectives, the facility had to align with the Strategic Framework (2013-2016) of the Department of Justice, and Court and Tribunal Services Division Strategic Plan (2012-2022). Emphasis has been placed on creating multi-use, adaptable spaces and accommodating specialist requirements.

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