United Kingdom Supreme Court

Justice written statement – made at on 2 April 2009.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The renovation of Middlesex Guildhall has now been completed on time and within budget by Kier Group Plc. The building has been handed to the Ministry of Justice to carry out the final phase of works.

This is a major milestone in the development of a Supreme Court for the United Kingdom. We remain on track to deliver a fully functioning Supreme Court in time for the opening of the legal year in October 2009.

This renovation has breathed new life into a previously tired building, which sits in one of the most historic and recognisable public spaces in the world. The renovation works have been completed to the highest standard, as appropriate for its setting and required for a Grade II* listed building.

The Ministry of Justice will now take forward the final phase of works.

As announced in July 2008, work will soon begin to ensure the security provision at Middlesex Guildhall is in line with other high profile central government and court buildings.

I will ensure the House is kept updated on the progress of establishing the Supreme Court as work continues.