Hok's Aylesbury Crown Court is due to go on site September 2011.
HOK, have designed the new £26m Aylesbury Crown Court. This is a major new civic building and HOK's contemporary design is destined to be a powerful emblem of civic architecture for the area, gracefully combining the transparency of British Justice whilst projecting the Majesty of Law.
The client brief was to improve the existing accommodation, increase court capacity in the Thames Valley area and produce an iconic Crown Court for the town on a challenging but important triangular site located at the gateway into Aylesbury Town Centre along the A41.
The building plan is linear, creating a long and narrow building; this suits the design of the four courts within and is favoured by the client, HMCTS (Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service). The court's blueprint addresses the complexity of designing courthouses: there are intricate segregated circulation routes for groups of people who must never meet except in a courtroom; efficiently planned with minimal corridors; public areas have been carefully controlled and maximises natural daylight.
The courthouse combines four Crown courts - one large and three standard in size - including public hall administration, consultation & witness rooms, judicial and custody accommodation and secure external areas. The building will be finished in Portland stone aims to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
The HOK design when reviewed by CABE, The Chair of the Design review panel stated that they were "impressed with the quality of the prepared design, particularly the internal layout where the internal planning is exemplary." Commenting on the building form and architectural expression CABE stated that while this is a civic building of great importance, the building form has an altogether human scale and has been handled successfully. They conclude by saying that the design proposal has been developed skilfully.
The project has gained planning permission and is due to go on site September 2011.