Manchester Civil Justice Centre


Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Bringing together courts and offices which were previously scattered across the city in an award-winning civic building.

The Manchester Civil Justice Centre was designed by Denton Corker Marshall, an Australian practice.  The centre has received widespread acclaim, reflecting the detailed planning and carefully considered procedures which facilitated its delivery.  One local commentator described the building as ‘one of the most radical and groundbreaking pieces of architecture to appear in Manchester for many years’.

The centre was selected to pioneer the Smart PPP (Private/Public Partnership) Model.  This is a new form of procurement which allowed the client and end-user to help create the brief, select the design team and work on the outline design before handing it over to the developer. CABE enabling supported the client throughout the design process.

Sustainability and low energy consumption targets were key to the brief and the centre has achieved an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating.  It has won several awards including the Green Major Project of the Year Award, the Rose Design Award, Architecture Grand Prix Medal, Best Public Building Award, and the RAIA Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture.  It was also nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2008. 

How CABE enabling helped

  • advised on setting up and running a design competition
  • interviewed architects on the shortlist as part of a selection panel
  • assisted in selection of final architect
  • commented on design brief for shortlisting
  • supported the client as the design and detailed brief were developed.