The Ministry of Justice have awarded a £5.4m contract to Interserve Construction to refurbish Wrexham Magistrate’s Court.
The project will see a new two storey custody suite built to increase the number of defendants that can be held.
Installation of a new lift and improved accessibility for disabled visitors are more of the modifications planned.
The scheme is part of the government’s £142m funding to improve courts across England and Wales.
The Ministry of Justice specifically stated: “The work will be completed by local contractors where possible”. Interserve’s registered address however, is London, seemingly stretching the definition of local. It also has an office in Birmingham, 75 miles away from Wrexham.
Interserve have however promised “to create up to 50 new jobs in the local area over the duration of the project”.
Phil Shaw, Interserve Construction divisional director said: “As a long-term partner to the Ministry of Justice we are delighted to be working as part of the government’s programme to improve courts and prisons, this year. This latest scheme further underscores Interserve Construction’s capabilities and expertise in delivering public sector work across education, healthcare and justice”.
Chris Philip, Ministry of Justice minister for courts, said: “This investment will allow Wrexham Magistrates Court to better serve its community, delivering jobs locally and dramatically enhancing its ability to hear more cases. It is just the latest example of our commitment to give courts the resources needed to uphold the rule of law and deliver swifter justice for victims”.