Wednesday, 17th January 2018
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Waterford courthouse new facade impresses

The magnificent new courthouse in Catherine Street, Waterford is expected to be fully operational by Easter.

Waterford is just one of seven Court building projects in Cork, Letterkenny, Wexford, Limerick, Mullingar, Drogheda and Waterford, being delivered by way of a Public Private Partnership with BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperatie U.A. (BAM) (Drogheda is already completed).

This consortium is constructing and delivering the projects and will provide ongoing facilities management of the venues. This will see the courts service involved in a 27 year relationship with them.

The construction costs of the projects will be €135 million for all seven.

Facilities in the new Waterford Courthouse include:

The new courthouse will accommodate 6 courtrooms and associated public and office facilities, as a result of the refurbishment and extension of the existing courthouse.

Selected Courtrooms are enabled for video-conferencing, digital recording, and electronic display of evidence.

Great public spaces, first class consultation rooms & waiting areas.

Modern and various sizes of courtrooms and facilities for jurors will be provided.

Significantly improved security facilities for the safe custody of prisoners Accommodation for witnesses, victims, relatives etc will be greatly enhanced in terms of privacy, security and comfort.

There are dedicated facilities for legal practitioners and the media.

This project will set a new standard for justice facilities in Ireland, operating with a flexibility and security which provides security and accommodation for all court users.It will provide for the separation, privacy, security and protection of different court users such as witnesses, jurors, and the judiciary.

The new building will host District courts, Circuit courts, Central Criminal Courts, High Courts, and if required Supreme Court sittings.

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