Workers and members of the public were lucky to escape uninjured after glass from a Manchester building fell to the ground below.
Three glass panels broke
The Ministry of Justice told Architects’ Journal that glass from Lendlease’s Manchester Civil Justice Centre fell from a great height onto a footpath and road below where members of the public could walk freely.
Three glass panels on the Stirling Prize-nominated building, which was completed in 2008, were said to have broken with shards of glass falling to the street.
The panels have since been made safe on the 10-year-old building. The landlord has been carrying out inspections of the 17-storey building.
Building has history of problems
This is not the first time the huge building – dubbed the ‘Filling Cabinet’ – has been in the news for safety issues.
In June 2016, parts of the building became filled with smoke causing a mass evacuation. This was caused by a fire after problems arose with machinery in a utility room.
And in July this year, one of its basements was flooded after a problem with the sprinkler system.
An MoJ spokesperson said: “As a result, the fire and electrical installations were isolated for safety reasons. The system has now been repaired and is fully functioning.”
A spokesperson for contractor Lendlease said it was meeting with the team at the court to “understand the situation”.
Reference: Architects’ Journal
Date Published: September 7, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown