Glasgow and Strathkelvin Sheriff Court

Glasgow (1980-1986)

‘The busiest court house in Europe...’'

The Glasgow Sheriff Court building sits on the south bank of the Clyde in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, within the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. It is reputedly the busiest court in Europe. The original brief from Scottish Courts Administration involved the relocation of existing courts and provision of new facilities in a combined area of 24,000sq.m.

Combining twenty one courts dispersed around Glasgow under one roof, the building features four criminal courts, eleven general purpose courts, an appeal court, a civil court, a criminal custody court and two juvenile courts, along with ancillary spaces.

Working under height restrictions, the building is four storey’s high built symmetrically around a central atrium which brings substantial natural light into the building. The atrium provides a lobby and meeting space, allowing visitors to easily and intuitively understand the building.

Materials are selected and represent the importance and need of the differing spaces. The exterior uses
natural stone, large scale and symmetry to add to the perceived importance of the building. Great care was taken selecting and detailing attractive and functional materials, which have performed incredibly well through some twenty seven years of intensive use.

The building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1986. It cost £21.2m