Bar News - June 15, 2016
Court News: New Courthouses in Hampton and Milford in the Works
Court officials are working with architects on building specifications for new courthouses in Hampton and Milford, according to Deputy Circuit Court Administrative Judge David King.
Both projects received funding for architectural and engineering design in the current capital budget. Architectural firm Oak Point Associates is working with judicial officials on developing a detailed plan for the Hampton building, to facilitate accurate bidding if the Legislature approves funding for construction in the state’s next capital budget.
The Hampton courthouse will be located on Timber Swamp Road, adjacent to Interstate 95, and next to a state Park and Ride parking area. The one-story building is about 9,400 square feet and would contain two courtrooms. “Given that funds are not yet appropriated to build this courthouse, we are at least two years away from completion,” King said.
The Milford Circuit Court will be located off Route 101 in the building complex where the NH State Police/DMV offices are currently located. The plan calls for the existing building to be razed and the new courthouse, proposed to be very similar in size and design to the Hampton building, will be attached to a new DMV office, which will be about 3,000 square feet. The two facilities will have separate entrances. The architect for the Milford project is Christopher P. Williams, Architects out of Meredith.
The Judicial Branch plan calls for the courts to vacate the current Milford and Seabrook facilities when the new buildings are ready in about two years.