Bristol Civil Justice Centre

The Bristol Civil Justice Centre (BCJC) provides a single location for all civil and family law work in the city and the region. These County Court functions were previously housed in unsuitable premises and the BCJC was needed to assist the Court Service in the professional delivery smooth running of its business in Bristol.

HMCS had assessed its anticipated future workload in the relevant areas of civil law work over a 25 year period and required a building containing 9 Civil Courts of varying size and complexity, and 6 District Judges’ Hearing Rooms, in which the majority of the court business is undertaken.

The site chosen for the building lies within the Redcliffe conservation area close to the floating harbour and the listed church of St Thomas the Martyr. Extensive consultation with local stakeholders such as Redcliffe Futures was undertaken to ensure the new building met the emerging masterplan aspirations for this part of Bristol. As a consequence, a new public piazza was proposed to provide appropriate townscape settings for BCJC and the church.

The strong internal organisation of the building has a direct expression in the exterior form and elevational treatment, developed to comply with the Town Planning principles established for the site. A limited palette of high quality materials such as natural stone, glazing and metalwork were carefully selected to create an appropriate civic character for this important public building.

The Bristol Civil Justice Centre was opened in 2010, with the building being delivered by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership under the Private Developer Scheme procurement route.

The centre will transform the way civil court work is done; rationalising all Bristol civil work into one building and ensuring cases are heard more quickly.”
Peter Risk, HMCTS Regional Director for the South West.

Client:Scottish Widows Investment Partnership / HMCTS
Project Value:£25m
Completion: 2010
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