PLANS are well advanced to add an extra two storeys to Liverpool’s existing Crown Court.
The development of the Queen Elizabeth II building in Derby Square will relocate all of Liverpool’s magistrates’ court services to a newly-extended court.
A tendering process is already under way inviting companies to bid for the work.
But concerns have been raised about the cost of such a move, as it is understood foundation work will need to be carried out to bear the weight of the additional building.
There are also concerns over security with the increased number of people accessing the court building.
Court service officials are remaining tight-lipped about what is likely to prove a controversial scheme, saying only that options for making better use of Liverpool’s court estate are still being considered and no final decisions have been made.
If the move were to go ahead, it is believed the additional two storeys would be built on the western corner of the QEII building, nearest the waterfront.
Sources indicate that because of the extra cost of making sure the foundations are sufficiently solid, the tender to carry out the work is being advertised Europe-wide.