Deal is one of biggest building jobs to come up for grabs in capital in past few months

One of the biggest London building jobs to come up for grabs in recent months has attracted five bidders, Building can reveal.

Proposals for client, the City of London Corporation, by architect Eric Parry for a £170m judicial complex in the Square Mile were given the green light in the spring.

The development, which will replace an entire city block in a conservation area between Whitefriars Street and Salisbury Court on the south side of Fleet Street, will include a new headquarters for City of London Police, a courts complex and a commercial building to help fund the project.

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How the Fleet Street scheme (right) will look when completed

Mace and Multiplex have been joined on the shortlist by Skanska, Laing O’Rourke and Lendlease.

Demolition work is expected to start this October with a winner for the main construction contract due to be announced the following month.

The new development will be financed by the City of London through the office building and redevelopment of vacated courts, including City of London Magistrates Court at Bank, and the sale of two police stations including Snow Hill.

Parry beat a stellar shortlist for the job more than two years ago including RSHP, AHMM and Bennetts Associates although the scheme was heavily criticised by heritage campaigners ahead of it being given planning in April.

They complained that several historic buildings in the area would be lost as a result with cherished facades on Fleet Street, the former heart of London’s newspaper district, also disappearing.

But the City said the so-called Justice Quarter is needed to maintain its competitiveness as a global centre for business, law and justice. All its courts aside from the Old Bailey will move into the 18-courtroom judicial building.

Others working on the scheme include QS Aecom, Avison Young, which is helping the City with project management support, and structural and civil engineer Buro Happold.

CGIs by DBOX for Eric Parry Architects