Reimagining and redeveloping The Courts

Imagine a place where a young person’s background, race, beliefs, gender, physical ability and economic status had nothing to do with how good they could be, what they could achieve. A space where they could fully explore their creative potential, receive support and mentoring, and find meaningful work.

That place is the Old Bristol Magistrates Courts (The Courts). An enterprise centre to help young people set up their own creative businesses and develop their opportunities. A place where there are no barriers to their future, where the only things that count are their abilities and talents.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Bristol City Council we are developing detailed business and architectural plans to reimagine and redevelop this historic city landmark as a place that will complement Bristol’s renowned and growing creative industries sector.   

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The Courts is a redevelopment led by young people. Our youth steering group makes sure every decision we make is informed by their needs.
We would also want to hear from you. Want to come and see The Courts and hear more about our vision? Join an event from below or drop us a line at [email protected]
  • Bristol Open Doors

    Get inspired by The Old Fire Station and The Old Magistrates Courts. We'll take you on a journey, through the history of our buildings, straight to our vision for the future. Read more

  • Help make Bristol's next Creative Enterprise Hub

    16-25 and interested in the creative enterprise industries? Help us regenerate the Old Magistrates Court into a professional hub for young people and the creative industries. Join the steering group now. Read more

  • Rights to Move

    A live music and dance performance in The Courts and police cells at The Station. Created by young people. Inspired by civil rights movements. Read more


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