Newport Magistrates' Court 187
Newport, Wales, UK
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.