Construction on the $91.5 million Forensic Medicine and Coroner’s Court Complex at Lidcombe today reached its highest point, with a ‘topping out’ ceremony performed by the NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard.
A special tree was planted to mark the occasion and bring good fortune to the joint development as the building façade and roof is installed, paving way for the internal fit out to begin.
“The topping out ceremony was a great success and provided a timely opportunity for the project team to reflect on its achievements to date,” said Project Director at Health Infrastructure, Aaron Smith.
“The new facility is highly bespoke with almost every square meter of the new building being subject to a custom design and rigorous design development informed through hundreds of hours of user group consultation.”
The new complex, located at the former Lidcombe Hospital site, is much larger than the current State Coroner’s Court and NSW Health Pathology Forensic Medicine facility in Glebe, with the largest of the new courtrooms capable of hosting lengthy, complex and high profile inquests.
Other key features of the court will include:
- AV Technology to enable witnesses to give evidence from remote locations;
- additional viewing and counselling rooms;
- improved administrative workspace including multi-purpose meeting rooms;
- an area for smoking ceremonies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families;
- a multi-faith room; and
- additional and improved technology to help provide answers about the cause of death in the least invasive manner.
The development is a joint partnership between NSW Health and NSW Justice, with Health Infrastructure taking the lead in delivery of the facility.