THE jury has literally been out at Cork's Anglesea Street courthouse for several years but work is set to be completed this month by contractors BAM on the Cork site involved in a €135m public-private partnership project to update seven courts across the country.
The building will be six storeys high and will contain six courtrooms in addition to custody rooms and offices.
Care has been taken to preserve and integrate the former courthouse on the site which dates from the 19th century and is notable for it's red brick facade which was once home to the Model School.
The new structure will see all criminal cases both at district and circuit court level heard at Anglesea Street and civil cases handled in Washington Street courthouse.
It is expected that the Washington Steet courthouse complex which was refurbished in recent years at a cost of €25m, will mainly handle civil actions.
The Anglesea Street property will provide additional 6,900 square metres added to the existing building, bringing its total area to 8,400m2.
Works began on the courthouse in January 2016 and it is now due to open ahead of schedule. BAM has also been contracted to undertake the management of the facilities for a period of 25 years.
Planning was granted in August for a new office development on the South Mall in the heart of the city centre. John Cleary Developments began construction immediately on the €25m project that could provide more than 400 new office jobs in Cork.
The five-storey office building will include two additional sites, to the north, which will border Crane Lane, Phoenix St, and Smith St, with the main entrance lobby onto the South Mall.
Last month the cranes moved in over Parnell Place and Beasley Street to complete construction on a new Maldron Hotel.
Dalata Hotels are behind the project that will kick-start a series of new hotel developments with new hotels planned for Sullivan's Quay and Parnell Place along with extensions in the works for the Metropole and Kingsley Hotels.