The new Southampton Magistrates'
Courts was designed and built in the 1990s by Hampshire County Council's
architects department. The site was previously occupied by the OS
(Ordnance Survey) with their factory and warehouse. These earlier buildings were
demolished in the 1960s and only the Director General's house remains -
see picture on right.
The views above are taken from
the east, the entrance side. The structure is a long building stretching
from east to west with the public spaces on the north side, the
magistrates' retiring rooms on the south side and the court rooms running
though the middle. The white rendered appearance of most of the structure
was chosen to blend in well with the rendered classical 18th century
buildings in the surrounding streets.