HMCTS Wales | Rio Architects
An Excellent verdict.
Port Talbot’s brand new Justice Centre has breathed new life into the old dock area it’s located on. Situated at the entrance to a 16-acre redevelopment site, it has paved the way for a range of other major developments in the area, as part of a proposed regeneration programme.
The new-build Justice Centre replaced the town’s magistrates court and now provides additional legal services, including a tribunal hearing centre serving Neath and Swansea in addition to Port Talbot, as well as a secure wing and an Informal Youth Court, plus two-storey Central Fines Unit (CFU) and office.
Achieving BREEAM Excellent was a prerequisite of the brief from HM Courts and Tribunals Service. We designed a sustainability strategy based on the first principles of sustainable design: orientation, minimisation of solar gain, natural ventilation, thermal efficiency, and plant and services efficiency.
The building also features a super-insulated and airtight façade, enhanced daylighting to reduce reliance on artificial lighting, grey-water recycling, roof-mounted solar panels for hot water, and an air-source heat pump. These, along with other solutions meant the building attained an impressive EPC rating of 27 along with BREEAM Excellent – recognising the space for not only supporting the Ministry of Justice’s Green Plan, but also enhancing the user experience and health & wellbeing.