As a local contractor we were absolutely delighted when awarded the £3.1m regeneration of the former Grays Magistrates Court on behalf of Thurrock Borough Council.

Having outlived its original use the building had fallen into disrepair. The aim was to reconfigure the 1920’s building internally providing over 1900m2 of modern office space divided into 39 individual business units whilst retaining the buildings iconic external façade.

This required extensive internal structural alterations with some 90+ steel beams being installed to allow the internal layout to be reconfigured in such a way to suit new modern business needs. Even the former cells became new offices.

New mezzanine floors were installed to the two former court rooms, a new central staircase was constructed in the main entrance lobby and a new passenger lift installed bringing the building up to date to meet DDA legislation. In addition the independent former Clerks house was extended and refurbished.

The existing double hung sash windows were overhauled external façade cleaned and the grounds landscaped.

The dedication of our on-site team and the real team effort by all parties has created a modern business centre that is significant in the regeneration of Grays.