Construction works on the new State Courts complex is expected to begin in June, following yesterday’s ground breaking ceremony officiated by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.
Slated for completion in 2019, the new complex will be in front of the existing octagonal-shaped State Courts and will cost around $450 million to build, according to media reports.
At 150m high, the complex is expected to house over 60 courtrooms and more than 50 hearing chambers, up from the 40 courtrooms and 28 hearing chambers in the present complex.
It will have two tower blocks – an administrative and a courtroom block – which will be connected by a series of sky bridges. The complex will also be eco-friendly with high-rise gardens and naturally ventilated corridors.
“This design intent aims to translate the vision of the State Courts, which is to inspire public trust and confidence through an effective and accessible justice system, into a physical representation,” said Chief Justice Menon.
Meanwhile, the current State Courts building will likely be conserved, and retrofitting works will commence once the new complex is ready.
Image (by State Courts): Artist’s impression of the new State Courts Complex.