Bristol Civil Justice Centre

The Bristol Civil Justice Centre will provide a single site for all civil and family work which will assist the Court Service in the smooth running of its business in Bristol.

HMCS have assessed their anticipated workload in the relevant areas of civil justice in Bristol for the next 25 years and require: 6 Civil Courts, 1 Fraud Court, 1 Civil Jury Court, 1 Family Proceedings Court and 6 District Judges Hearing Rooms.

The building is ordered by principles of relationship that stem from the brief and from internal organisation that makes the building comprehensible to irregular users. This is allied with an objective to bring natural light and ventilation into all the spaces, in particular the Courtrooms which are internal. The building is set out by the diagram (south to north) of Judiciary rooms with secure circulation, courtrooms, atrium and circulation space, and a further wing of common accommodation at the northern boundary. The atrium; a triangular shape; is visible at the entrance to aid clarity and orientation. The working rooms follow regular plan forms providing circulation and interesting waiting areas that subdivide naturally into more discrete areas.

The strong organisation of this building has a direct expression in the exterior form, developed to comply with the Town Planning principles established for the site.


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