Downing Centre Complex Sydney

  • Downing Centre Complex Sydney

    Downing Centre Complex Sydney

Project details: 

APP manages new Downing Centre Courts Redevelopment

The Downing Centre and John Maddison Tower Court Complex in Sydney is the largest in NSW, and deals with 60 percent of the court matters in the State. Based on our previous work for the Department of Justice and Attorney General, APP was appointed Project Manager to manage an extensive redevelopment, in staged delivery over five years.

The redevelopment impacted a number of areas, including a new court for hearing multi-accused matters, new hearing rooms, and new jury and Court Officer areas. It also included the relocation of the Local, Criminal and Civil Registry offices, relocation of Judge’s Library, and refurbishment of existing café and ancillary areas.

APP’s responsibilities included the liaison, management and regular communication with a diverse range of key stakeholders, management of heritage constraints (such as the façade) and the incorporation of highly specialised Court Technology.

Because the site is occupied, the challenge for APP was to manage the redevelopment with minimal disturbance to court operations. The delivery, storage and removal of materials, with limited street access and storage areas onsite, also needed careful management.  We managed the Project Programme to ensure that key milestones were achieved and the project budget achieved. This included managing procurement from tender to award, through to managing the construction, commissioning and handover of the project.


"...the Downing Centre being a heritage listed building, 95% of the work needing to be conducted after hours whilst keeping the courts and their support services fully operational, Paul Chapple's attention to detail, collaboration, effort and professionalism has been exemplary.  At the Sponsor Group Close-out meeting, each of the user-group representatives expressed their delight with the finished product and, when asked for feedback, had nothing but praise to offer the team."

David R E Williams, Project Director, Major Works, Asset Managementn Services, NSW Department of Justice

Project summary: 

  • Client:  Department of Justice and Attorney General (DAGJ)
  • Value:  $26.5m
  • Services:  Project Management
  • Sectors:  Civic Buildings
  • Location:  Sydney CBD