The Manchester Civic Justice Centre is the United Kingdom’s largest civil and family court to be built for more than 100 years. It was designed by an Australian practice Denton Corker Marshall and has been named one of Britain’s 10 best buildings of the decade. Described as a civic facility of true excellence, the courts building is regarded as a symbol of the city’s global significance. The space of the project is about 34,000 sq m on 15 levels. It houses 47 courtrooms, 75 consultation rooms, in addition to office and support space. The elegant complex is an example of an innovative and well-executed design.
Sustainability and low energy consumption targets were key points to the brief and the centre has achieved an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating. The building calls other districts of the city to develop and gives the impression of the inexpensive, comfortable and versatile space being the winner of numerous architectural awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects National Award for Architecture and the RIBA Sustainability Award.