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G F Tomlinson Appointed for £1M Coroners Court Project


G F Tomlinson has been appointed through the Constructing West Midlands framework to create a new Coroner’s Court for Birmingham & Solihull Coroner’s Service. Building services consultancy, Acivico, has also been appointed to handle project management, quantity surveying, RIBA Stage 3/ 4 design services and RIBA stage 3 mechanical and electrical design.

The £1-million project will involve the refurbishment of Birmingham’s former youth court based in Newton Street, Birmingham, and will provide the Coroner’s Service with an additional two court rooms. This will create three court rooms in total with Court 1 being used as an Opener Court, Court 2 as a Non-Jury Court and Court 3 as a Jury Court.

The refurbishment works are to transform the original Juvenile Court Building into the future Corners Court, with some significant remodelling to form the spaces required for the Court room facilities and the associated staff. The heating, electrical and data networks are being enhanced to meet the Courts requirements and the decoration and finishes are being refreshed. The works are scheduled for completion in Autumn 2021.

Ian Dalby, operations manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “We are pleased to have been appointed to this vital project through the Constructing West Midlands framework – providing the Coroner’s Service with new and updated facilities to the former Youth Court, as well as two additional court rooms.

“Having previously operated across multiple sites, the improvement works will enable the Coroner’s Service to function from one building, streamlining its operations and increasing its capacity. An increased workload and challenges presented by the pandemic have meant that these works are essential and the additional space will be hugely beneficial.

“This is G F Tomlinson’s first project to be secured through Constructing West Midlands following our appointment to the framework earlier this year, and we look forward to working with the rest of the team and commencing works onsite.”

Publicly owned and managed, Constructing West Midlands is committed to providing best-practice impartial advice via a cost effective, simple-to-use framework. A ready-made vehicle for the delivery of capital, repair and maintenance works, it offers a unique level of framework flexibility to suit individual client requirements, includes robust KPIs and is committed to social value and the real living wage.

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