The Courthouse, Deansgate


  • 35,000 sq ft Grade II listed building
  • Prime city centre location
  • Leisure units let to Handmade Burger Company and Hawksmoor
  • 13,320 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation occupied by the Oddfellows

Henry Boot Developments speculatively purchased the former Manchester County Court Buildings on Deansgate in the heart of the City Centre.  The potential of this land mark building was realised early on, despite the reality of how much work was required to bring the vacant Grade II Listed building back into beneficial use.

Detailed negotiations with English Heritage and the City Council were completed resulting in the granting of planning and listed building consent for a vibrant mixed use office, restaurant and retail development of 36,500 sq ft.  We were keen to ensure that the character of this landmark building was retained and enhanced whilst being able to deliver flexible, high quality commercial space.  Through careful design we managed to generate a 40% increase in the commercial floor area which included a contemporary extension to the rear of the building.

All of the office space was taken at an early stage by the 210 year old Manchester based institution The Oddfellows Society for a headquarters operation. Success in the leisure elements followed swiftly with lettings secured to Handmade Burger Company and Hawskmoor.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 - Group Statement: View here

Henry Boot PLC and its Group Companies has, following the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) implemented a number of measures which seek to bring about greater transparency and scrutiny into our various supply chains, in order to combat slavery and trafficking activities. Further to this, over the past year we have been reviewing the measures put in place and seeking to identify additional actions to strengthen our due diligence and transparency. The aim of the Act is in line with our own ‘Henry Boot Way’ Vision and Values, as updated in 2017, which include ‘Respect’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Collaboration’, all of which are relevant to our approach in this regard.

We continue to keep under regular review our Human Trafficking and Slavery Statement (the ‘Statement’), setting out the activities undertaken to reduce the risk of slavery and trafficking activities being present within our business operations. These measures include the introduction of an Anti-Slavery Policy, due diligence requirements, and mandatory contract clauses seeking compliance by our supply chain with appropriate anti-slavery measures. Additional measures that have recently been put into place to increase knowledge and vigilance throughout our organisation and supply chain include posters and awareness cards across our sites.

We will continue to regularly work with our partners, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders, as well as keeping industry best practice under review, to monitor our approach for effectiveness, and consider any changes or additional measures as appropriate.

Click to access our Statement here.

Henry Boot PLC
John Sutcliffe
Chief Executive Officer