Supreme Court gets green light

Westminster City Council has given to go-ahead to convert Middlesex Guildhall into the new Supreme Court.

The building will undergo an extensive renovation project, scheduled to start in April 2007, with the Court opening for business in October 2009.

The Council will grant full planning permission when completes negotiations with the Department of Constitutional Affairs regarding road works, car parking, and the restoration of the Middlesex Guildhall Art Collection.

Lord Falconer, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, said: “This is an important stage in the process of creating a home for the Supreme Court of which we can all be proud. Middlesex Guildhall will be transformed into a building that takes its rightful place alongside its prestigious neighbours on Parliament Square.”

The Crown Court at Middlesex Guildhall will cease sitting on 30 March 2007. The court’s work represents 5% of London’s Crown courtroom capacity.

Plans for the building include creating a new court in the south wing of the building, installing a new library for the Supreme Court, and clearing the basement to provide exhibition space for the public.

Once it is up and running The Supreme Court will act as the final court of appeal in the England, Wales and Northern Ireland.