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Associated Architects lodges planning application for new Bristol courts scheme - image

Associated Architects has submitted these plans for a new Bristol civil courts complex, located near the city centre.

The £25 million project will provide a new six-storey building that will house nine courtrooms and facilities for judges, lawyers, members of the public and court officials.

The practice was given a brief to create an internal space that is easily comprehensible to non-regular visitors.

To achieve this, the design includes an internal atrium, triangular in shape, which is visible at the entrance to aid clarity and orientation.

There was also a chief objective to provide natural light and ventilation into each of the courtrooms, which lie within the internal core of the building.

The scheme has been designed to meet the demands of the civil justice centre's projected workload over the next 25 years.

According to Associated Architects, the civil justice centre is 'a bespoke building designed to meet the needs of the Courts Service in delivering civil justice.

'The working rooms will follow regular plans but will provide interesting waiting areas that subdivide naturally into more discreet areas for visitors.'

The scheme is backed by Scottish Widows, which aims to lease the building back to the Courts Service.

The project will be on site by early next year, subject to planning, and will be completed by 2009.

by Richard Vaughan

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