Designs unveiled for new Fredericton courthouse

Designs for the new Fredericton courthouse were unveiled Thursday, depicting what will soon be one of the tallest buildings in the capital city’s downtown.

The five-year project will cost $76M

The new Fredericton courthouse will be linked to the existing part of the Centennial Building through a two-storey link. (Joe McDonald/CBC)

Designs for the new Fredericton courthouse were unveiled Thursday, depicting what will soon be one of the tallest buildings in the capital city's downtown.

The courthouse will be attached to the renovated and redesigned Centennial Building, the former home of many provincial government offices before they moved into a new structure across the street five years ago.

Deputy premier Stephen Horsman unveiled designs for the new Fredericton courthouse on Thursday. (Joe McDonald/CBC)

"Our government feels that this project preserves important aspects of the former Centennial Building and ensures that an existing government-owned asset will be used to its fullest," Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman said during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

The five-year, $76 million project to build the courthouse and renovate the Centennial Building, which was opened in 1967, is underway.

The Centennial Building in Fredericton will lose this wing in a renovation project that will give the Court of Queen's Bench, Court of Appeal and provincial court space. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

The courthouse will replace the existing home for the provincial court, Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal a few blocks away.

The exterior of the existing Fredericton courthouse. (CBC)

The new courthouse will stand six storeys and 32 meters tall and occupy the southeast portion of the Centennial Building site.

According to the province, the new design includes main level secure parking for the judiciary; a secure detention area; a sheriff's suite; 11 courtrooms and two hearing rooms for the Provincial Court, Court of Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal.

A rendering of the new Fredericton courthouse, which will be situated in the Centennial Building. (Joe McDonald/CBC)
An artist's rendering of the new Fredericton courthouse. (Joe McDonald/CBC)
An artist's rendering of the interior of the Fredericton courthouse, including one of the 11 courtrooms. (Joe McDonald/CBC)

It will also provide space for court services, like the probation office and victim services, that are currently off-site from the active courthouse.

The structure will connect to the existing building through a two-storey link.

The renovated Centennial Building will be used for office space.

With files from Joe McDonald