New Magistrates' Court for Birmingham

On Monday 22nd it was reported on skyscrapercity forum that Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS) has shown an early working image of the proposed new Magistrates' Court for Birmingham in a newsletter.

The new Magistrates' Court will suppliment the existing Grade I listed Victoria Law Court which is increasingly feeling the strain, through age, of it's role in the largest combined courts centre in the UK.

The new Magistrates' Court will be located at Masshouse, adjacent to the new City Park and Martineau Galleries. A planning application was submitted on the 22nd September which is shown below.

Application number

Date application received

Date application registered

Masshouse, Block J, Plot 3, Birmingham, B5

Reserved matters application for Magistrates Courts, ancillary parking and public amenity area

Under consideration

Start date

End date

Further details on the new court from the Design Statement are below:

The formal address of the site has been confirmed as; 9 Masshouse Plaza, Birmingham B5 5JQ, but for ease of historic reference for the purposes of this planning submission, the site concerns land referred to as Block J lying with Plot 3 of the Masshouse Development Area.

the proposals concern a single development rising to 11 floors (ground plus 10 floors) with two basement levels below. The building will accommodate 24 courtrooms for HMCS plus all necessary ancillary accommodation to serve its purpose. This includes, a public concourse at ground level, public circulation areas within the building, ancillary offices, judiciary accommodation to be used by magistrates and members of the legal community, custody cells, service and delivery areas at basement level (-1), car parking at basement level (-2) and landscaped amenity areas around the main building.

In terms of construction, and by way of clarification, the proposed floorspace to be created on site, including basement levels, extends to 21,468 sq m and rises to a height of approximately 58m above ground level.

Images from the planning application are shown below.


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