Supreme Court

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of siting the new Supreme Court at the Middlesex Guildhall on the architectural status of the building.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Our plans to renovate the Middlesex Guildhall for use as the Supreme Court have been developed by renowned conservation architects Feilden and Mawson. They will reverse recent interventions that have left the building feeling cluttered and gloomy. This will improve the look of original features such as the ornate ceilings and improve visitor access and orientation. The exterior will be cleaned, yet changed very little. The building's listed status will not be affected. Our plans will achieve the long-term conservation objective of securing the upkeep of an historic building by maintaining it in beneficial use, in a sustainable manner.

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