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Glass falls from Lendlease's Manchester Civil Justice Centre

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that glass fell from Lendlease’s Manchester Civil Justice Centre onto a footpath and road below.

A spokesperson told CN’s sister title the Architects’ Journal that “three glass panels were noted to have broken” on the Stirling Prize-nominated building 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 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 £113m 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 the 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.”

Designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall, the building was handed the RIBA/English Partnerships Sustainability Award in 2008 after narrowly missing out on the Stirling Prize that year.

A spokesperson for 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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