Lord Falconer praises design of the £113m Manchester Civil Justice Centre by architect Denton Corker Marshall

Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, was yesterday given a preview of the £113m, 34,000m2 Manchester Civil Justice Centre one month ahead of occupation.

He praised the unusual procurement method in which the spectacular design by Australian architect Denton Corker Marshall was selected as the result of an architectural competition and then incorporated into a public private partnership between the Department of Constitional Affairs and property developer Allied London.

The design was judged to have made the best use of a confined site by stacking the 47 courtrooms vertically in a 15-storey slab block. Bovis Lend Lease is the main contractor, with Connell Mott MacDonald as structural and services engineer and Gardiner & Theobald as quantity surveyor.