Henry Boot submits County Court plans

Henry Boot Developments has submitted a detailed planning application to transform the former County Courts building in Deansgate, Manchester, into a mixed use scheme to be known as The Courthouse.

The Grade II-listed building, originally constructed in 1896, is set to be refurbished to incorporate over 14,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space as well as 13,500 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation.

Adam Brady, from the Manchester office of Henry Boot Developments, said: "Our design team has worked hard to ensure that the new scheme retains as many of its original features as possible whilst being able to offer the most modern accommodation.

"The quality of the refurbishment is of uppermost importance to us and we are confident that by offering modern open plan floor plates, which blend many of the building's period features, alongside an enhanced Grade A specification, there will be nothing quite like it in Manchester."

Matthews & Goodman and DTZ are appointed office agents on the development, while Cheetham & Mortimer and DMR Richtrend have been instructed to let the leisure and retail units.

Henry Boot acquired the County Court building in 2008 for an undisclosed sum after it became redundant following the courts move to the Denton Corker Marshall-designed Civil Justice Centre in Spinningfields.

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