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Lord Falconer closes door on new Supreme Court

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The new Supreme Court is unlikely to get its own, purposebuilt home.

The Lord Chancellor's Department seems to have ruled out building a major new court complex to house the flagship of Tony Blair's constitutional reforms.

Appearing before the House of Commons'Constitutional Affairs select committee, Lord Falconer revealed that he now favours a move to either Middlesex Guildhall or the new wing of Somerset House in the Strand.

A spokesman for Falconer said: 'Nothing has been absolutely ruled out forever.

'It is possible neither of the sites is sustainable, but part of the thinking is that we have to get on with this, ' he added. 'It is not the case either that the decision is just about money, but that is important.'

Last year RIBA president George Ferguson wrote to Falconer outlining his support for a new courthouse.

However, speaking last week, he said he was not surprised by the decision. 'A fresh start would have been my preference, but I accept the practicalities, ' Ferguson said.

'Though it's an opportunity lost to build, it's also an opportunity gained to do something with an historic building.

'If it's a second best, it is a good second best, ' he added.

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