Court Services Victoria’s objective

To bring the Court back on line urgently following a significant flooding event and to address family violence initiatives improvements.


In February 2015, a burst water main caused significant flooding to the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court. 

The project scope included flood remediation works, planning and flow improvements, as well as family violence initiatives upgrades. 

Johnstaff’s role

Johnstaff was appointed as both Project Manager and Construction Manager for the reinstatement and refurbishment works.

Heidelberg Magistrates' Reinstatement Project, Victoria

Addressing the issues

Due to the significant pressure on the remaining State Magistrates Court system, Johnstaff implemented an accelerated briefing, design and construction strategy. This enabled works to immediately start.

Johnstaff acted as a single point of responsibility for Court Services Victoria (CSV). We engaged all design consultants and trade contractors, and managed communication with all internal CSV stakeholders. 

We also facilitated a series of site audits and design workshops to identify the required scope of the rectification works, as well as to prioritise the new works to improve operations. 

This included significantly altering the original floor layouts to address recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Johnstaff’s integrated team also worked in close partnership with CSV to develop the scope and brief, budgets, funding submissions and insurance claims.

map of the project location


  • Urgent reinstatement of the Court made possible through a close partnership between CSV and Johnstaff

  • Full site OH&S and compliance audit undertaken and issues rectified before works commenced

  • CSV’s insurance settlement was maximised

  • Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence incorporated into the design