Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: built on a site previously owned by Heriot Watt University, behind the Crown Office building on Chambers Street. The building provides 16 courtrooms, accomodation and offices for the Regional Sheriff Clerk and the Regional Procuratror Fiscal and their respective staff, secure cells, conference rooms, press rooms, a creche, car parking, solicitors and witness rooms and a restaurant. The project was completed on time and in budget, at a cost of 47 Million. The decorative iron work to Chambers Street was designed in partnership with the Royal Fine Arts Commission for Scotland.

Prior to construction the Courts were housed in a veriety of different locations. As well as the Lawnmarket Court House there were temporary courts at the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall, Argyl House on the West Port and India Buildings on Victoria Street.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1CourthouseYes 

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Cowgate  
Item 2 of 3Merchant Street  
Item 3 of 3Chamber StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2November 1989May 1994Build/construction 
Item 2 of 2September 1994 Opened 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3John Kirkwood Wilson (or Jack Wilson)ArchitectA19891994As senior architect with PSA
Item 2 of 3PSA Projects EdinburghArchitectural practice, Quantity SurveyorA1989(?)1994 
Item 3 of 3GA ConstructionContractorSNovember 19891994 


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1The Scottish Courts Administration 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gordon Nicholson QC1994The Sheriff Court at Edinburgh - The Old and the New The Scottish Courts Administration and Inglis Allen Kirkcaldy 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership