Planning permission granted for Inverness Justice Centre

Highland councillors have granted full planning permission for the new purpose-built Inverness Justice Centre, on which Currie & Brown is providing project management services.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has appointed Currie & Brown to support the design, procurement and delivery of the courts, which will be built on the site of a former bus depot next to Police Scotland’s Highlands headquarters. The centre will allow SCTS to move out of Inverness Castle, freeing it up to be turned into a tourist attraction and stimulating economic growth for the city.

Speaking following the planning decision, Eric McQueen, SCTS chief executive, said: ‘The justice centre will play a pivotal role in changing victims’, witnesses’ and offenders’ experience of the justice system, while providing high-quality secure criminal courts, and flexible accommodation for our civil courts and tribunal users.’

Currie & Brown’s Fergus Taylor, project leader, noted: ‘The updated, modern design has markedly improved efficiency and access for the centre. We’re very pleased with the councillors’ decision and look forward to work beginning towards the end of the year.’