New Magistrates' Court Newspaper Launch

It seems the Birmingham Post has, albeit two months after plans were submitted, revealed to the citzens of Birmingham the Plans for new Birmingham magistrates court.

I revealed the designs of the new Magistrates' Court in this post from October, Picturing the new Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

The Post reveals that the new Court will anchor the £500 million Masshouse development and is aiming to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent' level for environmental measures. The curved building will have projecting glazed 'pods' with the building sitting in a public courtyard. There are six floors of courtrooms, with four courts on each floor with upper floors offices for Magistrates, judges and court offices around an internal central atrium.

The post also reports that the significant refurbishment of the existing Magistrates' Court, the Grade 1 listed Victoria Law Courts building will be procured through a seperate project which can only raise hopes it can support potential moves for Birmingham to gain the first Permanent High Court outside of London.

Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The new Magistrates Court will play a crucial role in a successful and prosperous future for Masshouse and Eastside. This new court building will not only raise the bar for the standard of architecture seen elsewhere in the city, but its delivery will also bring significant change to the immediate area.

“In and around Masshouse, there is likely to be a rise in demand for office space among legal practices and supporting services; and the sharp increase in footfall in this area will also help to support amenities such as convenience stores, cafes and restaurants. It is therefore very exciting to see this project moving considerably closer to fruition.”


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