English Cities Fund, the joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and the Homes & Communities Agency, has hired Bowmer & Kirkland to build One New Bailey, its 125,000 sq ft office development in Salford.
The Ralli Courts building, which formerly occupied the One New Bailey site, has now been demolished and work started on site earlier this week.
Funded by Legal & General, the development marks a key milestone in the New Bailey scheme, which includes a 615-space multi-storey car park, currently under construction and a 143-bed Premier Inn, which has also been built by Bowmer & Kirkland. The Premier Inn completed on 29 September and is due to open in November 2014.
One New Bailey provides large floorplates of up to 17,000 sq ft. There are a number of leisure opportunities on the ground floor for a mix of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as a public square, landscaping and an outdoor events space, which can be accessed by the existing pedestrian bridge from Spinningfields.
Neil Brook, regional director of Bowmer & Kirkland in the North West, said: "It is great to have been appointed on the next phase of the New Bailey development and look forward to furthering our relationship with ECf on what is a very important project being the first office development."
Phil Mayall, development director at ECf, said: "Appointing a contractor on One New Bailey is another giant step forward in developing this exciting scheme, which will deliver much-needed, high quality office space in an excellent city centre location.
"We are very pleased to have appointed Bowmer & Kirkland on One New Bailey as they have already completed the Premier Inn to the agreed timescales and budget. We look forward to continuing to work with the team going forward."
Buro Four is the contract administrator and DTZ and JLL are joint agents on the scheme, which is due for completion in spring 2016.