Project: Aberdeen Sheriff Court – Extension
Client: SCTS
Location: Aberdeen Town House.
Value: Unknown
Listing: Grade A
Date Complete: Outline Feasibility


In 2019 SCTS commissioned MLA to undertake an outline feasibility study for the development of Aberdeen Town House, to explore the possibility of collocating justice partners services into one building in the city. This study also included vacating services from the Sheriff Court Annex, located in former Police Station to the rear of the Sheriff Court.

The proposed MLA feasibility design involved the creation of a glazed roof, enclosing the existing courtyard and creating several new courtrooms and modern ancillary justice accommodation.

The Town House served as the headquarters of Aberdeen Town Council until 1895, when that body was replaced by Aberdeen Corporation and is currently in shared ownership between Aberdeen City Council and SCTS.

The original building was designed by architects, Peddie and Kinnear in the Scottish Baronial Style and was completed in 1874. The beautiful building has an asymmetrical granite frontage with fifteen bays along Castle Street. Internally, the magnificent principal room was the double-height council chamber on the top floor.