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Spending cuts: Freeze on DCM’s Birmingham court scheme

The Ministry of Justice has placed Denton Corker Marshall’s proposed Birmingham magistrates’ court on indefinite hold as part of its £325 million saving programme

Construction work on the £81 million scheme will now miss its scheduled start date for this year as the city’s court service prepares for a long wait in its current home, the Victoria Law Courts building.

Denton Corker Marshall’s 20,600 m² design featured 24 courtrooms and 13 storeys. The top four administrative floors feature an internal atrium.

Jonathan Djanogly, justice minister, said: ‘The Government is committed to ensuring that court users, especially victims and witnesses, are treated with dignity and respect.

‘However, whilst the Government is determined to improve efficiency in the court service, like all public services, HMCS’ plans to build new facilities are dependent on the budget it is allocated.

‘We have therefore decided to defer this project until we are sure it is affordable as want to play our part in contributing savings to reduce the budget deficit.’

Denton Corker Marshall in 2007 completed the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, the UK’s largest new court building since the Royal Courts of Justice. The centre was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2008.

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