Courthouse to Become Newport Council Office Space
Joining hundreds of other buildings across the UK in a new lease of life, a listed courthouse in Newport is due to become three-storey office space for the local Council.
The court is reported to have gone out of use in December 2011 after years of being designated ΓÇÿunfit for purposeΓÇÖ.
The building, comprising four courtrooms, 15 office spaces, meeting rooms, facilities and holding cells, is now lying vacant and available for reuse.
As a new courthouse is built just off Lower Dock Street, projected to create 34 new jobs in Newport upon its completion in 2013, relocation from the old courthouse on Clytha Park Road will cost the Council ┬ú60,000 in contract fees alone.
However, due to the propertyΓÇÖs listing and unique layout, renovations to remodel the existing courthouse until it is fit for its original purpose were deemed unrealistic.
Instead, Newport Council will be able to utilise the space in its civic centre complex for office use and storage.
Elsewhere in Newport, the Council has taken up a total of nearly 30,000 sq.ft. of new office space at Station Buildings in Newbridge.
Early reports show signs of positive growth in the Newport office space market for 2012 as various leases have been agreed in the local area by the likes of Aneurin Bevan LHB, Welsh Water and Admiral Insurance and further interest has been declared by such companies as Go Compare, Gwent Police and The Passport Office.
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