Updated: 03/24/2012 02:06

Construction of new Subordinate Courts complex to start in 2013 & complete in 2019



Construction of new Subordinate Courts complex to start in 2013 & complete in 2019

Construction work on the new Subordinate Courts complex will start in 2013. 

It is expected to complete in 2019. 

Two designs have been shortlisted, out of 19 designs received by the Subordinate Courts. 

A panel will evaluate the two designs. 

In the panel are Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye, lawyer and council member of the Law Society of Singapore, Mr Michael S Chia, and members from the architectural and urban design fields.

The public can view the two designs at the Subordinate Courts building from 26 to 31 March and can provide feedback until 5 April. 

The winning design is expected to be unveiled by June 2012. 

The existing complex in Havelock Road was built in the 1970s, with 40 courtrooms for civil and criminal cases. 

It has to make way for a much bigger complex. 

It has a floor area of 30,600 square metres, much smaller than the 147,128 square metres needed by 2050. 

According to a redevelopment proposal, the new Subordinate Courts complex will be built as an extended wing of the existing building. 

It'll house the criminal courts that are likely to take up more space than what the existing building can offer. 

The current complex, a modern post-war architecture, will be retained and refurbished. 

After the redevelopment, the existing complex will house the civil courts, family and juvenile courts. 

The existing Family and Juvenile Court building will be returned to the government.

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