The Civil Justice Centre in Manchester is first major civic building in the United Kingdom was designed by Denton Corker Marshall Architects. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, visited the center of Manchester Civil Justice as Denton Corker Marshall guest of honor at a special preview Wednesday, May 30, 2007 . Founder Directors John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall fly from Melbourne to Manchester today to host the event which marks the practice, the first major civic building in the United Kingdom. John Denton, Founding Director of Denton Corker Marshall added: “We are delighted that Lord Falconer is able to join us to Manchester to celebrate our practice, the first major public project in the United Kingdom. We wanted to create a building that would not only signal and display the transparency and accessibility of tribunals and courts system, but would also become a sculptural urban high scorer for the city.
It is part of Allied London Properties regeneration of the area Spinningfields in the city and we hope that over time it will help promote confidence and civic pride in this part of Manchester. Stuart Lyell, Allied London Development Director, said: “Outstanding architecture is at the heart of all developments Allied London. The international design competition for the Center for Civil Justice has produced a genuinely world class signature building and Denton Corker Marshall are to be congratulated for his vision realized. This beautiful building gives Manchester a civilian point of a iconic landmark contribution to the enormous success of Spinningfields, one of the largest offices led mixed use developments in Europe. “Manchester Civil Justice Centre is the largest court complex to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice in the 19th Century. It will be the new HQ for the Ministry for Justice in the North West, providing accommodation of around 34,000m² on 15 levels. It houses 47 courtrooms, 75 consultation rooms, plus office space and support.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The Civil Justice Center is a perfect example of how the avant-board can be incorporated into the existing urban fabric to provide a construction of world-class design quality for a world-class city. The building provides an interesting addition the city skyline and is a key contributor to the regeneration of Spinningfields.