Covered in 43,000 sq ft of plants, Plot A3 New Bailey will run entirely on renewable energy when complete.
Developer English Cities Fund has broken ground in a ceremony filmed by children’s television series Blue Peter. ECF – a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General, and Homes England – has appointed Bowmer + Kirkland to construct the scheme.
“Plot A3 is a tremendously exciting scheme of ‘firsts’ and one that Bowmer + Kirkland is proud to be involved in,” said Paul Sykes, regional director at Bowmer + Kirkland. “Together with partners, we will not only set a benchmark for sustainable high-quality office space for the North West and beyond, but we will also directly benefit local people and businesses through our commitments to creating employment opportunities, apprenticeships, community engagement and social mobility.”
Part of the £1bn Salford Central masterplan, the 115,000 sq ft office building sits on the corner of Trinity Way and Irwell Street. It will be among the first buildings to meet the UK Green Building Council’s targets for net zero operation. Plot A3 has been specifically designed for the purpose, with Make Architects using UKGBC’s Design for Performance standard as a guide.
The 11-storey building has enhanced insulation that meets the rigorous Passivehaus Institute standard. An air-source heat pump provides low-carbon heating and cooling. For hot water, carbon dioxide heat pumps will keep the process energy-efficient.
As construction continues, there will be an early-stage carbon assessment to ensure the scheme not only eliminates waste but also uses sustainable materials whenever possible. That means using recycled steel for reinforcement and cement replacements for part of the substructure and superstructure.
Then, of course, is the living façade. Wrapping around the exterior of the building, this vertical garden will include a variety of plants including the evergreen shrub Sarcococca Confusa (also known as Sweet Box) and pollinator-friendly Hyssopus Officinalis (Hyssop for short).
This wall is designed to bloom year-round while it removes air pollutants and reduces urban temperatures.
Phil Marsden, projects director at English Cities Fund, said: “We have an obligation in the sector to leave a long-lasting, positive legacy for the next generation, driving investment, opportunities and prosperity right into the heart of Salford and beyond, while responding to the demand for high-quality office space that promotes agile working, active travel and colleague wellbeing. We’re looking forward to working with partners to bring our collective vision to life.”
Cushman & Wakefield and JLL are joint lettings agents on Plot A3 New Bailey and the other office buildings that make up the New Bailey development.
Plot 3A New Bailey garnered Salford City Council approval in February. Avison Young handled the planning on the scheme.
The English Cities Fund has been busy in Salford. The joint venture is already working on the £2.5bn masterplan for the 240-acre Salford Crescent regeneration programme.