Midlands architectural firm Stephen George & Partners has unveiled plans for a new £15.5 million magistrates court in Loughborough.
SGP, which has offices in Leicester, Nottingham, Solihull and Leeds, has received planning permission for the building, located between Baxter Gate and Pinfold Gate, near the centre of the town.
The 3,773 square metre complex, designed on behalf of Her Majesty's Court Services and Loughborough-based builder and developer William Davis, will comprise four courts, custodial facilities, an assembly room and an administration office.
Incorporated in the design is a range of environmentally friendly features, in-line with new government legislation on sustainable development.
The building has been designed to use as little energy as possible, have low maintenance costs, achieve an 'excellent' BREEAM rating (which measures the environmental sustainability impacts of buildings) and to recycle resources where possible.
Other energy saving features include maximum daylight and maximum use of natural ventilation.
Project supervisor for SGP, Umesh Mistry, said: "The new building is an energy efficient and cost effective alternative to the previous court and will be an important addition to the town."
The building will replace the now demolished Sefton Works, owned by William Davis.
Engineering services for the building were carried out by Arup. MDA carried out cost planning and Insite Environments designed the landscape.
Construction started on site in July this year. The courts are due for completion in October 2007.
SGP recently completed a similar project in nearby Leicester for a new probation service building, which uses less than half the energy of a typical building.