Plot A3 New Bailey ECF
Make Architects designed the scheme

B+K poised for another New Bailey build 

Dan Whelan

The contractor is preparing to start construction of the 113,000 sq ft office on plot A3 at the Salford development, the fourth project the company has been appointed to deliver for the English Cities Fund.

ECF, the consortium comprising Muse Developments, Homes England and Legal & General that is delivering New Bailey, has submitted a construction management plan to Salford City Council, paving the way for Bowmer + Kirkland to start the two-year build.

B+K has already completed two buildings at New Bailey and is also on site delivering the 10-storey Four New Bailey for BT. 

The latest office was designed by Make Architects and features a distinctive planted façade. 

Plans for the 12-storey development, located on the corner of Trinity Way and Irwell Street next to the NCP multistorey car park, were approved in February. 

The scheme is the fifth office project to come forward at ECF’s New Bailey, on a site originally earmarked for a 33-storey apartment block.   

Plans for the office, which features ground floor retail or leisure space, were lodged last November, after the developer opted to pursue further commercial development “on the basis that the office market is presently performing well at New Bailey”, the scheme’s planning consultant Avison Young said.    

Plot A3 New Bailey ECF 2

The office block is the fifth to come forward at New Bailey

English Cities Fund has already secured several high-profile tenants at New Bailey, including telecommunications giant BT, law firms BLM and Eversheds Sutherland, and HM Revenue and Customs.   

New Bailey – The story so far:   

One New Bailey – the 125,000 sq ft building is complete and let to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which occupies 72,000 sq ft, as well as media giant Dentsu Aegis Network, recruitment agency Circle Recruitment, lender Shawbrook Bank, recruiter Allegis Group and mergers and acquisitions firm Benchmark.   

Two New Bailey – Bowmer + Kirkland finished construction of the 185,000 sq ft building in December. It was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, forward funded by Aviva and is let to BLM and Eversheds Sutherland.   

Three New Bailey – the 157,000 sq ft block is let to HMRC and construction of the seven-storey building is complete. Make Architects designed the building.   

Four New Bailey – Also designed by architect Make Architects, approval for the 10-storey, 175,000 sq ft office was granted last October. In the same month, BT signed a 20-year lease on the building, the construction of which is being forward funded by Warrington Council, as revealed by Place North West.    

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Another very much up and coming business district for Manchester. I look forward to starting back at the new office here in a couple of weeks!

By Newbuild

This is going to be fantastic, hopefully other developers will follow with these planted facades, they look excellent and are great for the environment.

By Bob

All that is needed now is the rebuilding of the adjacent Salford Central Station. Together with an Air Rights development similar to Dalston Junction ?

By Bob Robinson