City of London unveils plans for new civic development

WCN Editorial Team 22 Jul 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The City of London Corporation (CoLC) has unveiled plans to build a major new civic development in Square Mile.

The development will comprise a commercial building, an 18-courtroom facility and a new headquarters for the City of London Police.

A team led by architects Eric Parry Architects is working to deliver masterplan and design work for the scheme.

City of London Corporation Policy and Resources Committee chair Catherine McGuinness said: “Maintaining London’s position as a world-leading centre for legal services is essential as we lay the foundations for our economic recovery.

“This project aims to deliver a new civic hub that will house a state-of-the-art combined court and a new headquarters for the City of London Police in the heart of the Square Mile’s legal and financial services cluster.

“It will serve to reinforce our reputation as a place to do business and ensure we are able to adapt to the changing demands placed on the justice system. It will also be transformational for the Fleet Street area, opening up new vistas and public spaces by rejuvenating a tremendously historic area.”

Early public consultation has been launched for the Fleet Street scheme while the planning application is planned to be submitted by the end of this year.

The new court will house improved facilities and equipment to deliver justice in the modern age, CoLC said.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service will take a long-lease from CoLC for a peppercorn rent.

Additionally, the site’s commercial building is intended to provide office accommodation and space for retail, bars, or restaurants at the ground floor level.

The site of the proposed new court and police complex on Fleet Street. (Credit: City of London)

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