Monday, March 03, 2008

UK Courts in £145 Million Build-to-Suit for Justice Center in Manchester

The Press Association - February 27, 2008

The Queen will visit the largest civil and family court to be built for more than 100 years in England and Wales.

Her visit will include the unveiling of a plaque at the official opening of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, a new £145 million building in the city centre. The Queen will be accompanied by Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw and Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.

The new courts building is a state of the art 14-storey landmark at the heart of Manchester's business area. The initial building costs of £110 million was paid by the developers, Allied London. It is then leased back to the government who effectively rent the building on a 35-year lease.

How much taxpayers money is spent renting the new building has not been disclosed as Her Majesty's Court Service say this is "commercially confidential." A spokesman said the rent was "competitive."

The Mondrian-style building was designed by Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall following an international design competition. Sphere: Related Content

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