Revamp plans for ex-county courts in Deansgate

Image of the proposed development of the courthouse
Image caption The plans will incorporate all the original features of the building

Plans to turn former county courts in Manchester city centre into shops and leisure facilities have been submitted.

The Grade II-listed building in Deansgate is set to be refurbished to incorporate 14,000 sq ft (4267 sq m) of retail and leisure facilities.

Henry Boot Developments bought the property in 2008 after the county courts moved to the Civil Justice Centre in Spinningfields.

It was originally built in 1896 and has stood empty for two years.

Adam Brady, from the Manchester office of Henry Boot Developments, said: "Our design team has worked hard to ensure that the new scheme retains as many of its original features as possible whilst being able to offer the most modern accommodation.

"We are confident that by offering modern open plan floor plates, which blend many of the building's period features, alongside an enhanced Grade A specification, there will be nothing quite like it in Manchester."

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