£13m Newport courthouse to open in autumn

South Wales Argus: SET TO OPEN: The new Newport magistrates' court SET TO OPEN: The new Newport magistrates' court

A £13 MILLION court house is to open in Newport this autumn.

The magistrates' court off Lower Dock Street will replace the old court in Clytha Park Road which shut in January 2012.

The old court, which is part of the Civic Centre, was deemed unfit for purpose and has been handed back to Newport City Council, the Ministry of Justice said.

The state-of-the-art court house will deal with cases which have been sent to courts in Cwmbran, Caerphilly and Abergavenny since last year.

The three storey-building is poised to become a new city landmark with four court rooms equipped with modern facilities and a plate-glass entrance hall opening onto Usk Way.

Up to 34 new jobs could be created as a result, with some positions filled by transferring staff from other courts, the Government has said.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman told the Argus: "The building will include four modern courtrooms with improved facilities for all users.

"The construction phase is due for completion in summer 2013 with the official opening scheduled for October 2013 following the internal works.

"The capital cost of the new building is £13 million.

"The site of the former Newport Magistrates' Court, which formed part of the Civic Centre, has been handed back to Newport City Council."

Proposals for a new magistrates' court were first mooted in 1987.

The old magistrates' court was declared unfit for purpose around 12 years ago and it closed suddenly in January 2012.

Another magistrates' court building is still standing in Gold Tops, Newport.

The structure, built in 1905, has not been used as a court for years, Newport City Council said yesterday.

The new court off Lower Dock Street will be environmentally friendly, feature holding cells and a 22-space car park.

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7:27am Fri 24 May 13

scraptheWAG says...

i wonder what will happen to the old building just left to rot
i wonder what will happen to the old building just left to rot scraptheWAG
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8:01am Fri 24 May 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

If a prison only had as many windows as the £13m courthouse pictured above, I'm sure human rights inspectors would have to reclassify it as a dungeon(!)
If a prison only had as many windows as the £13m courthouse pictured above, I'm sure human rights inspectors would have to reclassify it as a dungeon(!) Katie Re-Registered
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8:05am Fri 24 May 13

Independentvoter says...

At last a building fit and accessible for all users. 12 years too late but at least this long standing issue has been finally resolved. Well done !
At last a building fit and accessible for all users. 12 years too late but at least this long standing issue has been finally resolved. Well done ! Independentvoter
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8:14am Fri 24 May 13

andy83 says...

this has got to be one of the longest building projects in Newport seams like there been building it for years now
this has got to be one of the longest building projects in Newport seams like there been building it for years now andy83
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10:07am Fri 24 May 13

KarmaSuitsYa says...

Will they have a 'first customer goes free' opening ceremony?
Will they have a 'first customer goes free' opening ceremony? KarmaSuitsYa
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10:42am Fri 24 May 13

Strider says...

Does anybody know if the Crown Courts currently in the Civic will also be re-located to the new building and what will happen to the old civic building that isn't fit for purpose(according to the Argus)?

A earlier Argus story reported the Solicitors would also relocate there from Bridge Street bad news for the Town Centre if that's the case
Does anybody know if the Crown Courts currently in the Civic will also be re-located to the new building and what will happen to the old civic building that isn't fit for purpose(according to the Argus)? A earlier Argus story reported the Solicitors would also relocate there from Bridge Street bad news for the Town Centre if that's the case Strider
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8:26pm Fri 24 May 13

Pawl says...

What a boring looking building. There won't be any design awards for this. Shame on Newport Planners for not insisting on something of a higher architectural standard.
What a boring looking building. There won't be any design awards for this. Shame on Newport Planners for not insisting on something of a higher architectural standard. Pawl
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