Law Courts Complex (Ciudad de la Justica - Barcelona)

The contract includes the construction, together with maintenance and operation for a 35-year period.

The Law Courts Complex is constructed on the land where the Lepanto Barracks used to be, between the municipal terminuses of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat and Barcelona, promoted by the Generalitat, the Barcelona Law Courts Complex project is the response for the need to regroup the judicial bodies in Barcelona, which were previously distributed in seventeen buildings with various locations throughout the city.

This project is constructed on an area of 213,054 square metres and is divided into eight buildings of different colours, forms and heights, with a maximum of eighteen floors. The four buildings that make up the Barcelona Law Courts Complex is connected by a grand atrium leading to 130 examining judiciary bodies, criminal courts and civil courts. From the functional point of view, the complex permits the ordered grouping of each jurisdictional unit into the same area.

In addition to the buildings for judicial activities, the complex also includes those for complementary uses, mainly commercial and offices. The latter are intended for professionals related to justice administration, such as lawyers, attorneys and professional colleges etc.

This complex covers some 5,000 square metres for commercial premises intended to satisfy needs deriving from Law Court operation, such as restaurants and cafeterias, a chemist's, administration agencies, document copying services, press and florists etc. The staff available at the Law Courts Complex:

The judicial and complementary activities carried out in the Law Courts Complex involve some 3,000 persons attending to the visits of 12,000 people a day.

Remarkable aspects

  • A surface area of 213,054 square metres distributed into an eight-building complex, in which some 3,000 persons work and receive visits from around 12,000 people per day.
  • This is one of the new European buildings that have received some of the annual awards presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
  • The largest justice complex in Europe.


Start date: October 2004

End date: October 2008