Contest mounts for new Liverpool magistrates courts

A long-list of developers has been drawn up to relocate Liverpool's magistrates courts into a new purpose-built complex.

The brief for the HM Courts Service is for a building of between 100,000 sq ft and 150,000 sq ft on a 25-year lease.

A competitive dialogue is underway with all the developers, including:

  • Kajima, developer of the Health & Safety Executive office in nearby Bootle
  • English Cities Fund, currently delivering St Paul's Square and set to follow with Pall Mall
  • Manchester-based CTP which recently raised investment capital through a 25% sale to Development Securities
  • Shepherd Developments, behind the City Square civil law courts on Tithebarn Street
  • Downing, the Liverpool developer-investor which is set to redevelop the current magistrates court on Dale Street
  • Cheshire-based Tower Hill

HMCS is expected to shortlist five developers next year. No timetable has been fixed for a final decision.

DTZ, Drivers Jonas and Davis Langdon are all retained by HMCS.

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