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TRILUX illuminate award-winning Scottish Justice Centre

Built in 2017, the Inverness Justice Centre is the first in a new generation of Scottish courts, devised to bring together, in one location, the various organisations that support the justice system.

Services including the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Families Outside, Criminal Justice Social Work, HMCTS, NHS Highland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Witness Service/Victim Support, and Citizens Advice. The architectural aims were for the building to reflect the reforms currently being instigated in the delivery of a contemporary justice system.

Photo: Copyright Keith Hunter Photography

An imposing linear concrete building, the facility is planned around a series of dual-purpose open landscaped courtyards. The design intends to offer a dignified civic response to an edge-of-town location. Concrete features heavily in the interior design and is continued into the overall material palette, rigorously stripped back to its essential components. The emphasis is on reflecting a certain northern dignity through an elemental, austere expression.

TRILUX lighting worked with electrical consultant Arup to devise a lighting scheme that aligns with the architecture and complements the natural concrete and the acoustic oak veneered surfaces in the courtrooms.

Linear lines were key to the lighting design. The TRILUX LED light channel was the primary fitting used throughout the building

The lighting was designed to seamlessly provide a bright, natural white light line. Designers selected the linear lines and the silver finish to tie in with the natural concrete finish in the offices and communal areas.

The light channel’s extruded micro-prismatic optic offers effective glare reduction and high visual comfort due to a contrast-reducing effect of the refractor surface.

In the courtrooms, a rectangular arrangement of the light channel presides over the main proceedings in the form of a striking suspended light pendant.

Since the building’s completion, it has won the Scottish Design Award Public Building of the Year 2021 and the Scottish Property Architectural Excellency Award Public Building of the Year 2021.



Project team

Lighting: TRILUX
Electrical Contractor: Forth Electrical Services
Electrical Consultant: Arup
ARCHITECT: Reiach & Hall

Photo: Copyright Keith Hunter Photography

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