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BT shrinks New Bailey requirement 

Dan Whelan and Sarah Townsend

The telecommunications giant is scaling back its proposed letting at English Cities Fund’s Salford mixed-use scheme, with a revised application for a 10-storey block lodged with the council. 

BT was tipped to lease the whole of ECF’s speculative 293,000 sq ft Four New Bailey, which is awaiting planning consent from Salford City Council and would form the next stage of development at New Bailey.

However, BT is understood to have reduced its requirement, prompting developer consortium ECF to seek permission for a 10-storey building, rather than 12 storeys as originally planned. Under the amended proposals, the building would shrink by more than 57,000 sq ft to 235,700 sq ft.

The first application for the office block was submitted to Salford City Council in July. Under the amended application, the 6,000 sq ft ground floor retail provision remains unchanged. The leasing deal with BT is, however, still being finalised and is expected to complete next month.  

Four New Bailey is to occupy Plot B7 between New Bailey Street, the River Irwell and the completed 125,000 sq ft One New Bailey. The latest building is designed by Make Architects, which is also the architect for Three New Bailey, and DPP is the planning consultant. 

The English Cities Fund consortium is made up of regeneration developer Muse Developments, government agency Homes England and fund manager Legal & General.  

JLL and Cushman & Wakefield are the joint letting agents for New Bailey. Cundall, Re-form Landscape Architects, transport consultant WSP and cost consultant RPS, and M&E consultant Hannan Associates, are also on the professional team. 

Both BT and Muse declined to comment.

Last September, Place North West revealed that BT had chosen New Bailey for its 200,000 sq ft office ahead of Ask Developments’ First Street and Bruntwood’s Circle Square. 

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Interesting… The future of city centres is a really interesting topic. With lots of mixed views!
Could PNW pull a panel together on this one?

By Cheshire boy

BAd times for city centres, they’ll be so many empty offices. We are leaving the city centre after 15 years for Altrincham, it’s buzzing down there, the ciy centre is depressing, too many offices, too many pubs and restaurants now for the number of people.

By Dan

And so it begins…

By LionelRichTea

@Dan, agreed, bad news for city centres, but bad also for cities in general and in particular, UK cities. Cities in Europe and other parts of the world have already shown a 75%-90% return to the city centre offices, but UK is the 30% range. This could cause huge economic losses for the city centre, killing it and leaving it an empty desolate place which increases crime, and in turn, as history has shown, can cause huge economic downturn for the whole city as a whole. If the UK ends up with depleted, derelict city centres, but other countries don’t, this could have a cascading effect on our economy as well – who would want to visit MCR if it has no centre any more? Of course, one could argue that after a period of time, the economy grows back again, this time with everything spread out around GM and the city centre is just another suburb. But do we really want to live in a suburban city with no heart? Have you ever heard of anyone who has anything nice to say about these cities? They exist in the world, there are a few in middle America where the white flight to the suburbs resulted in quite large cities of almost zero life and interest. MCR before COVID was a lively buzzing place. It lost the heart of its city already once, we finally just got back after rebuilding that heart (or in the progress), do we really want to kill it again?


@Dan I think that is a very naive and short term view on city centres. They will be buzzing again before too long.

By City Center Lover

Couldn’t imagine anything worse than swapping the city centre/Ancoats for Altrincham!

By Mike

Altrincham? Give over Dan.

By Anonymous

@Dan what are you on about??? too many pubs and restaurants? that’s amazing it means Manchester is thriving and certainly no one is leaving the city centre, the population keeps growing, I don’t know where you got your facts from

By Michael

Wow 235700 sq ft. of grade A office space? That’s still a very significant commitment to the city centre. Along with some of the other Blue chip tech companies like Amazon, HP , Google and the Government Cyber security centre and all of the apartments being built ,Manchester is much better placed than most to weather the downturn. You’d have to have a very childish view of the world to think otherwise.

By Nve

one day later and the responses have already aged badly. I hate to say I told you so. It’s a good time to move to Altrincham.

By Dan

Things will get worse, mark my words.

By Morbid Mary