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Newport Magistrates' Court 187

Newport, Wales, UK

Completion: 2013

The design for the Newport Magistrates' Court

The Newport Magistrates' Court provides a

enabled Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals

new sustainable model for court buildings

Service (HMCTS) to consolidate the agency’s

across the UK. With a BREEAM Excellent

facilities into one building. Spread over three

rating, it was named the top courts facility in

floors, the rectangular geometry contains

the BREEAM Awards 2013.

three magistrate courts, one informal court, secure custody areas and support spaces to

Sustainable design strategies focus on

meet the courts' current and future needs.

energy efficiency, environmental impact reduction and indoor air quality. Use of natural

The design concept draws on the context, site

ventilation in office areas creates a healthy,

and program requirements to reimagine the

pleasant indoor environment while reducing

classic court archetype.

operating costs. The brown roof, which will enhance site ecology, features a solar hot

Located on a former brownfield site adjacent

water system and photovoltaic panels that

to the River Usk and within the Newport

generate power for domestic use or for

Unlimited regeneration plan, the bold, simple

exporting to the national grid.

form creates a striking civic landmark. The building mass features strong natural brick perforated to reveal the courts. Light wells draw daylight deep into the halls and internal public spaces. Glazed walls define and illuminate the plate-glass entrance and public circulation route.

◄ view of main entry

2014 design annual

36,600 sq. ft. / 3,400 sq. m.

2014 HOK Design Annual  

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