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New 10m law court plan for Aber
Architect's impression of the new court building (picture: Atkins Ltd)
An architect's impression of the new court expected to open in 2009
Plans to build a new state-of-the-art law court in Aberystwyth at a cost of 10m have been unveiled.

Proposals are to amalgamate the town's county and magistrates' courts with a new crown court service, which could open in summer 2009.

The building is planned for the Parc y Llyn site, where work has started on new Welsh Assembly Government offices, which are also set to open next year.

Plans for the court will go before Ceredigion Council next week.

David McLean Developments, of Deeside in Flintshire, which is working with Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS) on the project, said construction work would take about 18 months.

Ultimately this scheme will mean that a new civic quarter is created
Richard Dean, David McLean Developments

Meanwhile, Luigi Strinati, HMCS director for mid and west Wales said there was a commitment to build a "modern new court to benefit local court users and staff".

"We look forward to having new premises with good transport links and new facilities including improved access for disabled users," he said.

David McLean Developments said the 3,441 sq m (37,040 sq ft) combined courts building would bring investment, and provide improved court facilities for victims, witnesses, court users and staff.

At present the town's county and magistrates' court buildings are in separate locations in the town, while crown court cases are usually referred to Swansea.

Richard Dean, managing director of David McLean Developments, said: "Ultimately this scheme will mean that a new civic quarter is created in a primary location at Park Avenue, one of the principal routes into Aberystwyth town centre".



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