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Competition: City of London Courthouse

Fleetbank House in Salisbury Square near Fleet Street
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The City of London Corporation is recruiting an architect to design a flagship £250 million combined courthouse, police headquarters and offices

The winner of the estimated £11 million contract will draw up plans for a landmark multipurpose courthouse and City of London Police headquarters on the site of Fleetbank House in Salisbury Square, a short distance from the Royal Courts of Justice, Old Bailey and Inns of Court.

The project, planned to complete in 2025, will deliver a ‘modern, operationally effective, resilient, compliant and sustainable’ judicial centre focusing on civil work, fraud, economic crime and cyber-crime. Shortlisted teams will receive £10,000 each to prepare outline responses to the brief.

According to the brief: ‘The project will provide a “state of the art” New Combined Court Facility and City of London Police headquarters. The design will also include a commercial component providing office accommodation and retail space at street level.

‘The development will secure the City’s role as a centre of justice and the legal profession in the UK, Europe and across the world, and will provide the City of London Police with a modern, operationally effective headquarters to meet the need of future policing of the City. The redevelopment of the Fleet Street estate presents an opportunity to improve the public realm and pedestrian access across the entire site, creating a new and attractive destination within the City boundary.’

The City of London Corporation is the local authority for the Square Mile and provides a variety of judicial facilities including the Central Criminal Court, the mayor’s court, a county court, magistrates court, and the Rolls Building which hosts the capital’s business and property courts.

The corporation also provides the City of London police force, which is responsible for policing the Square Mile and is also the UK’s lead organisation for tackling economic crime.

The latest project will create a 9,670m² home for the City’s magistrates and civil courts featuring 18 hearing rooms along with separate public and judicial areas, meeting rooms, custodial facilities and car parking.

The combined complex will also include a 20,602m² police headquarters featuring high-specification offices, laboratories, a firearms range, vehicle parking, reception, a custodial suite, and conferencing facilities.

The combined complex will replace the Brutalist 1964 Fleetbank House office block in Salisbury Square just off Fleet Street on the eastern edge of the Square Mile. A £102 million overhaul of the ageing building by CF Møller was abandoned amid the financial crisis 10 years ago.

The search for a design team comes one year after Seven Architecture won planning to overhaul the City of London Police’s existing Grade II*-listed 1966 headquarters by McMorran and Whitby on Wood Street. The City of London Corporation has yet to confirm whether this project will still go-ahead in light of the latest plans.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to submit initial responses to the brief featuring sketches, diagrams or images demonstrating how their concept designs would be developed but omitting fully worked-up design proposals.

Bids will be evaluated 34 per cent on a commercial score and 66 per cent on a technical score. The winning architect and lead designer will initially develop the project up to RIBA Stage 2 prior to a decision being taken on whether to take the development forward.

The deadline for applications is midday, 13 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Sohail Khan
City of London Corporation

Tel: +44 2073323744
Email: Sohail.Khan@cityoflondon.gov.uk 

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