Manchester Civil Justice Centre Designed by Denton Corker Marshall, the Manchester Civil Justice Centre is the biggest court complex to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice in London
The building provides accommodation of approximately 34,000m2 on 15 levels. It houses 47 courtrooms and 75 consultation rooms in addition to office and support space. It features an 11 storey atrium and a spectacular 60m by 60m glass façade along the western edge.
The working courts and offices are expressed as long rectilinear forms, articulated at each floor level, and projecting at each end of the building as a varied composition of solid and void. In side elevation, these elements collectively establish a dynamic and distinctive building profile, in end elevation, they form a powerful sculptural interplay of light and shade, depth and complexity.
The elegant court complex is an exemplar of an innovative and sustainable design.
RIBA Award 2008