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Glass falls from 2008 Stirling Prize contender

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The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that glass fell recently from Denton Corker Marshall’s 2008 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Manchester Civil Justice Centre onto a footpath and road below 

A spokesperson told the AJ that ‘three glass panels were noted to have broken’ late last month and that ‘some fragments’ of glass landed on public spaces around the 10-year-old landmark.

The MoJ added that the panels had since been made safe and that the landlord had carried out a preliminary inspection of the much-praised 17-storey building, which was nicknamed the ‘Filing Cabinet’, due to its drawer-like cantilevered structure.

The glass incident is the latest in a series of issues to have emerged with the £113 million development – the largest court building to have been built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice was completed in 1882.

In June it was reported that the centre had to be evacuated after parts of the building on floors seven and eight, and some of the courtrooms, became filled with smoke.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service told the Manchester Evening News at that time that the fire has been caused by a problem with machinery in a utility room.

The MoJ also confirmed that on 25 July this year a basement area became flooded due to a problem with the sprinkler system.

A spokesperson added: ‘As a result, the fire and electrical installations were isolated for safety reasons. The system has now been repaired and is fully functioning.’

The building was handed the RIBA/English Partnerships Sustainability Award in 2008 after narrowly missing out on the Stirling Prize that year.

The BREEAM Excellent-rated building saw off Oundle School by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Bristol Brunel Academy by Wilkinson Eyre, and Oxley Woods by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to land the £5,000 first prize.

A spokesperson for the scheme’s contractor, Lendlease, said it was meeting with the team at the court to ‘understand the situation’.

Denton Corker Marshall has been contacted for comment. 

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