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Tata Steel helps Manchester Civil Justice Centre to breathe

25 March 2013 No Comment

Imagine a building that is able to breathe. A building that allows air to flow naturally along its corridors and through the very heart of its structure.

Is it really possible to create a living, breathing edifice… something that benefits its occupants with rejuvenating, fresh air while saving the earth at the same time? The Manchester Civil Justice Centre (MCJC) certainly thinks so. And Tata Steel was proud to be involved in the project.

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A living, breathing building in the heart of Manchester

Based in the centre of Spinningfields, Manchester’s prestigious financial centre – the 15-storey steel-framed building contains a natural ventilation system so that air can be taken through vents at the side of its atrium and circulated around the entire structure. This unique feature, along with a perforated veil, helps to reduce energy consumption by 20 per cent, making it one lean and green building.

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Working closely with steelwork contractor William Hare and the rest of the design team, Tata Steel supplied 3,000 tonnes of steel to help construct this much-beloved landmark on Manchester’s growing skyline.

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Tata Steel takes your breath away with Manchester Civil Justice Centre

The entire project – valued at around £165million – required careful planning due to the complex ‘layered’ design of the building. With different degrees of transparency and finger-like pods protruding from each end that surround a striking atrium, the development looks as though it’s suspended in mid-air. And its stunning combination of steelwork and fully glazed facades means there is plenty of natural daylight inside.

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Deemed as the biggest court complex constructed in the UK since London’s Royal Courts of Justice in Queen Victoria’s reign, the MCJC building was officially opened in October 2007 and was named one of the ‘Best British buildings of the 21st century’ by Blueprint magazine.

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It also scooped the Major Project of the Year in the Green Construction Awards 2007, Architecture Grand Prix Gold Award in the Rose Design Awards 2007 and Project of the Year 2008 in the Building Awards, to name but a few.

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The Manchester Civil Justice Centre breathes new life into Manchester

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With an array of prestigious awards behind it, the Manchester Civil Justice Centre has proved to be one of Tata Steel’s most exciting projects to date. It’s not only one of the UK’s greenest buildings with its impressive natural ventilation system – but it also helped to breathe new life into Manchester’s city centre. Now that’s something that really takes your breath away.

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