New Plymouth Courthouse


CLIENT: Ministry of Justice

PROJECT 1 & 2 TYPE: Reroof and complete Window Replacement and Atrium Upgrade

PROJECT 1 & 2 DURATION: March 2013 – December 2013

PROJECT 3 TYPE: HVAC Replacement, Courtroom Refresh and New First Floor Extension

PROJECT 3 DURATION: February 2016 to December 2016

The Courthouse projects came with a number of challenges that were expertly handled by Southcoast Construction. This included our transition from Subcontractor to Main Contractor as Mainzeal went into receivership just two months into the construction. The construction was put on hold, however Southcoast Construction had a view to take over the project, contracting Clive Poles Smith (the Mainzeal Project Manager at the time), in order to complete the project. This was approved and Southcoast Construction became head contractor with Clive now working for Southcoast Construction as the Senior Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager.

While construction was underway, the courthouse was still operational. We managed all risk, noise management and residential concerns, limiting disturbance and allowing the courthouse to continue everyday operation. Due to our level of professionalism and success the Ministry did not go out to market to tender stage 2, but chose to continue on with Southcoast Construction to complete the Atrium/Entry Foyer and weather-tightness works.

Two years following this project, Southcoast Construction was awarded the HVAC replacement, court refresh works comprising new carpet, new blinds and re-paint throughout the main court building and the Atkinson Building Family Court Administration Area, a first floor extension to house additional judges’ chambers – including constructing 14 piles up to 12 metres deep surrounding a 11kv underground cable – new enclosed fire stairs constructed on the exterior of the current building envelope, fire panel replacement and new FF&E and Fixed Furniture.