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City Corporation appoints Mace to build civic hub in the Square Mile

The City of London Corporation has selected Mace to construct a new civic hub on Fleet Street. The Salisbury Square Development, designed by Eric Parry Architects, will house a flagship legal facility for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and a new state-of-the-art headquarters for the City of London Police.

With 18 courtrooms, the City of London Law Courts will combine all the Square Mile’s existing courts - except for the Old Bailey - into one building, designed to improve access to justice in line with the HMCTS reform programme.

A new headquarters for the City of London Police will equip officers with the latest technology and facilities, supporting them in their role as lead force combatting economic crime and fraud across the UK.

During the build, the scheme will create 150 construction jobs and generate around £10 million Gross Value Added (GVA) per annum. Once operational, the estimated GVA benefits will rise to £51 million per annum.

The development is on track for completion in 2026 and is expected to support 21,000 jobs in the Square Mile.

Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation, Catherine McGuinness, said:

“As we emerge from a challenging period for the Square Mile, Mace’s appointment is welcome news of progress in a scheme that will play a key role in the City’s recovery.

“The importance of preserving the Square Mile’s position as a global legal hub cannot be understated. As a lawyer myself, I know the major role this plays in the helping the UK attract international business.

“The first-class legal and law enforcement facilities at the Salisbury Square Development will strengthen our justice system and help us crack down on economic crime, enhancing the City’s reputation as a world-leading location to do business.”

With 30 years’ experience delivering iconic construction projects in the Square Mile, Mace’s expertise will help realise the City Corporation’s vision of a landmark civic hub and meet the scheme’s unique and complex requirements.

Gareth Lewis, CEO for Construction at Mace, said:

“We’re delighted to begin 2022 by being appointed on a transformational civic scheme in London’s Square Mile. Our team will work closely with the City of London Corporation to deliver the Salisbury Square Development using our expertise in design and construction, creating the client’s vision of a flagship legal facility. It is an honour to be trusted with such an important project for London’s recovery.”

Mace was selected following the outcome of a competitive tender process in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

The company will be appointed under a Pre-Construction Services Agreement (PCSA) proposed to commence in February 2022, in preparation to enter a contract for the construction of the Salisbury Square Development in autumn of this year.

In addition to Mace and Eric Parry Architects, Buro Happold, Aecom and Avison Young are working as consultants on the scheme.

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