The High Court has ruled in favour of the Hilton in its claim against the owner of the Beetham Tower, in finding that the building is in disrepair. 

The Hilton is the leaseholder of part of the famous Manchester City Centre skyscraper which has had ongoing repair issues for some years. 

In 2014, contractor Carillion completed urgent safety works to the sealant around some of the 1,350 shadow box units forming part of the facade. Last week, the Hilton successfully brought a claim against the owner of the Beetham Tower for the failure of the sealant and the question of whether the remediation work kept the building in repair. 

The awards made to the Hilton include: 

  • £250,000 in costs, with the final amount yet to be determined;
  • Damages for the 31 months that hoardings have been in place in connection with a facade investigation started by Carillion before they went into liquidation at the beginning of last year;
  • Damages for dirty water release into the water supply due to a lack of maintenance; and
  • Two thirds of its costs for bringing the injunction over the water supply issues. 

The Court also ruled that a permanent solution needs to be found within the next 18 months and that the hoardings are to be removed within the next month.

This ruling highlights the importance of effective management and maintenance of buildings and also compliance with repair covenants in leases. 

As Carillion is in liquidation, the Hilton is now bringing an additional action against Carillion’s insurers and sub-contractors. 

Our experienced Commercial Property lawyers are able to provide advice on all aspects of property related issues. If you would like advice you can contact us by calling 0161 941 4000 or by emailing