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City of London Law Courts

In October 2017 Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, part of the Ministry of Justice, and the City of London Corporation, the local authority for the Square Mile, announced a joint scheme to build a new courthouse and a new headquarters for City of London Police on a site in Fleet Street. Replacing multiple existing buildings, the project would consolidate functions and provide up-to-date facilities for everyday and specialised work. A commercial office building was later added to the mix. This page is a gateway to my research, analysis and conclusions relating to the City of London Law Courts and the wider Salisbury Square development. My lost blog posts on the subject, which started in early 2019, have been recovered and are re-presented here to chart my contemporaneous reaction to the scheme so far. Articles will be added as it progresses.


2019    Concept

18 February –          In the dock     

Assessing Eric Parry, the chosen architect; speculating on the programme; visiting the site; providing context on courthouse design principles, illustrated with recent examples

2020    Planning

30 July –                  Court short

Looking at the first public consultation; thinking about the added office component; the scope of demolition; considering alleyways old and new; more on the role of digital technology in courts; first thoughts on Eric Parry’s designs


4 October –              Either-way case

Examining imagery and intentions released for the second consultation; commenting further on the architecture; the impact of security and Covid; concerns over transparency and weighting within the scheme

2021    Planning

12 February –           Pre-sentence report

The full planning application in detail; concerns, queries and contradictions continue 

16 March –               Off with its head

Reporting the reduction in height of the courthouse, and why

2022    Construction

4 February –             Adjourned sine die

Demolition and construction firms are picked; a curious yet revealing promotional film is pondered 

26 October –            Statutory declaration

It's the unveiling of the foundation stone(s), by a dignatory who then left his post

Chris Rogers  |  Writer on architecture and visual culture

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