Work has begun on Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness due to be completed early 2020.
Thomson Gray are proud to be supporting the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Services in delivering this landmark project providing Cost Advisor, NEC3 Supervisor and Clerk of Works services.
As well as providing modern court and tribunals facilities, a range of justice and support organisations will be based in the centre providing integrated facilities for victims, witnesses, litigants and other users. Specialist facilities for children and young people will be incorporated within the design.
The £23 million Justice Centre is being constructed on the site of a former bus depot on Longman Road next to the Police Headquarters in Inverness.
In addition to the direct justice benefits, the location of the justice centre means that Inverness Castle – the current home of the courts will transfer to the Highland Council when vacant, enabling a long-term desire for its use as a major tourism attraction in Inverness.
Organisations and services supported in the justice centre include:
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
- Families Outside
- Highland Council (Criminal Justice Social Work)
- HMCTS (Social Security and Child Support Tribunal, Employment Tribunal)
- NHS Highland
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Women’s Aid
- Witness Service/Victim Support Scotland.
The new building has an impressive design with a colonnaded façade leading from an attractive public space with trees and gardens with 3 courtyards incorporated throughout the building in order to maximise the light.
The six new courtrooms in the building will incorporate the very latest digital technologies to simplify and enhance the experience for all users of the justice system.
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