Topping Out milestone marks Inverness Justice Centre progress 

Provost Carmichael at the topping out ceremony
Provost Carmichael at the topping out ceremony

Issued by Scottish Courts and Tribunals News

A topping out ceremony was held on the site of Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness on Thursday 29 November.

SCTS Chief Executive Eric McQueen, Grampian Highland and Islands Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle, Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael and Robertson Northern Project Director Jeff Hedley were joined by local sheriffs, court staff and justice centre partners at the ceremony to mark the end of the structural work on the building.

Scotland’s first purpose-built Justice Centre in Inverness is on schedule and due to be completed late 2019.

Eric McQueen, SCTS Chief Executive added: “This is an important milestone towards the delivery of the new Justice Centre and a chance to mark and celebrate our progress. 

“We can already see the impact this imposing building will have on the city and its completion will pave the way for redevelopment of the current court building into a major tourism opportunity for Inverness.  

“As well as the building, there is a strong emerging partnership approach to delivering the integrated justice services around which the Centre is designed.”

Frank Reid, Managing Director, Robertson Northern said: “This is a significant milestone for the Inverness Justice Centre, one that the extended team at Robertson have been tirelessly working towards since the project started in March.

“The project is intricate in its design and architectural elements and the team has been meticulous in every aspect of their work. We are thrilled the project is progressing so well and look forward to delivering the completed Justice Centre next year.” 

Notes for editors

The design was approved by The Highland Council Planning Committee in September 2017 following extensive and successful public and stakeholder engagement. 

The justice centre is being constructed on the site of a former bus depot on Longman Road next to the Police Headquarters in Inverness.

29 Nov 2018