NewBailey 23 Storey Resi
The mixed-use New Bailey scheme is located close to Manchester's Spinningfields

ECF on site at 23-storey New Bailey tower

Dan Whelan

Contractor Morgan Sindall Construction has started work on the next phase of English Cities Fund’s New Bailey in Salford, a 211-apartment building opposite Allied London’s St John’s development on the River Irwell.

A provisional competition date of November 2022 has been set. 

English Cities Fund is a joint venture between Legal & General, Muse Developments, which is part of Morgan Sindall Group, and Homes England. 

The building, designed by architecture studio Hawkins\Brown, will be the tallest residential development to date at the mixed-use New Bailey scheme being built next to Manchester’s Spinningfields, and will provide 125 two-bedroom and 86 one-bedroom flats for private sale. 

The project is split into two parts with the 23-storey tower on plot C1 being delivered first, followed by a second building of the same height on plot C2. Plans have yet to be submitted for plot C2. 

The two buildings would be joined by a six-storey podium, complete with rooftop garden, and contain a total of 392 apartments once complete. 

Located off Trinity Way on the River Irwell, the building is close to the proposed pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting St John’s and New Bailey. 

To the east of the site is Slate Yard, ECF’s build-to-rent development comprising 424 apartments. 

Irwell Bridge

The bridge, designed by Hawkins\Brown, will connect St John’s and New Bailey

A gym, shared workspace and communal lounges also feature within the scheme. 

In February, Salford Council approved a £4.7m viability payment to support the project. According to documents from the council at the time, the contribution was needed to offset a £3.3m contribution required from the developer by the council to make public realm improvements as part of the scheme. The council drew the viability funds from its pot of proceeds generated from other schemes within the Salford Central masterplan. 

Buro Four, WSP, Hannan, Walker Sime and Arup are on the project team. The agents for New Bailey are JLL and Cushman & Wakefield. 

Leon Guyett, development director at English Cities Fund, said: “We’re excited to add another building to the ever-expanding Salford skyline, while also bringing a new offering to New Bailey in the form of private sale apartments, which include many of the high-quality amenities that have been so popular in our BTR properties.”  

With work now underway on this latest residential scheme, there are now three live projects on site at New Bailey, including the 188,500 sq ft Two New Bailey Square, and the 157,000 sq ft Three New Bailey. 


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People are moving away from cities now though, people want houses and gardens

By Dan

With the realisation for many that working from home is now going to be very much a part of many businesses practice in the future, the necessity to live is a small box space near to the office is going to be lessen as people can commute from the suburbs. It won’t be for everyone, some will still want city centre conveniences but many will want the garden and space when they only have to commute a couple days of week into the office. The landscape has changed invariably so quickly it will be interesting to see how the housing market reacts and the desire for these property types in the coming few years.

By EggManc

I completely disagree with Dan’s comment that people are moving away from cities or EggManc’s comment that people will WFH more in the future or not want inner city living. There is absolutely no evidence of this at all. We are in the middle of a once in a hundred year pandemic and once that is over, live will begin to return to normal. There may be continued WFH plans in the near future, but the success of this will depend on a lot of factors, some of which will only be known from longterm research into productivity – and we don’t have that data yet to make assumptions.

That and working in the city centre isn’t the only reason some people choose to live in the city centre. Some also love the urban lifestyle, the pubs, restaurants, cafes, galleries, museums and people.

Also housing in the suburbs isn’t the answer for so many people. Yes, maybe some will make a decision in the next 6 months to live in a house with a garden just in case another once in a hundred year pandemic arises, but will this be on people’s minds in a year after it has all cleared up? Some people predicted most people will be too scared to go shopping once the shops open up, but the recent queues form Ikea show otherwise.

One thing is for sure, many of these apartments should have proper balconies. The lack of balconies is a British phenomenon and there could indeed be a short term lack of interest in apartments without balconies which COVID-19 has brought to the forfront, but in a proper apartment, well built, with a large balocny like you see in Europe – even in countries with cold climates. With enough space to fit the whole family outside for dinner or even BBQ’s (which again requires fire-proof balconies and cladding – something that Britain doesn’t do well either), this would be enough to attract most apartment lovers who still want outdoor space.


You’re still going to have tonnes of people who want to live in the city.

Manchester in particular has a high number of students, young professionals and hipster types who want to be within walking distance of the trendy areas and stay within their friendship groups/neighbourhood.
The LGBT scene in Manchester City Centre is one of the highest in the UK and probably Europe. People want to be part of that.

There are other groups/cultures etc. that are located within the city centre which form a big part of Manchester City Centre’s population. Manchester has the qualities that makes people want to live in the city and is one of the reasons Manchester has been so successful when compared to other British cities.

I’m sure the landscape will change (maybe dramatically in some areas), but you’re assuming that everyone who lives in Manchester City Centre are going to have kids or suddenly decide they don’t want to be part of the action. If that’s what you think then you probably don’t know Manchester as well as you think you do.

And even if there are tonnes of people who decide to move out of the city, there will be tonnes more people waiting to take their place.

By Anonymous

Feels too early to call the end of city living. Are they choosing to live here because they want to be close to amenity, or to avoid a commute and expense of transit – if commuting becomes less relevant because of WFH, does this demographic still want the amenity (provided the health issues get solved).

If we finally grab the cycling opportunity, is it in fact in the inner suburbs that really flourish.

The flip-side of COVID is probably the collapse of high street retailing, and big hits to leisure and hospitality – city centre Manchester will be still be a viable location – you suspect its going to be devastating for other parts of GM.

Maybe the real effect is that the demographics get amplified, and city core get younger, families don’t make it their permanent home. MCR and Salford have picked up the volume the outer borough wouldn’t take under the spatial framework, if you are right then there are some exciting green belt conversations coming.

By Rich X

Not everybody wants a house a garden, just because you want one. If people were moving away from cities, then why are their populations rising so much.

Don’t be so short sighted. Just because you can’t see passed Covid lock-down, doesn’t mean it’ll be like this forever. People don’t just want to be in the City Centre to be close to the office. They want to be near shops, bars, restaurants, theatre, public spaces, transport hubs and other people. People working from home was supposed to happen 20 years ago, and yet Manchester has record office occupancy.


You can`t beat a bit of optimism can you? If this is what being stuck in the house all day makes you, then long live the office.

By moan moan moan

More Chinese cash

By Alex

As a resident of the city centre, I can’t imagine anything more boring than living in a suburb with nothing to do except a local bar, a corner shop and having to rely on a car to get around.

We literally everything on our doorstep; restaurants, bars, theatres, culture and great transport links to all of GM and beyond. Living in the city centre in a smaller space is a chosen lifestyle that some of the suburb enthusiasts can’t seem to grasp and I’m sure the 50,000+ city centre and growing residents would agree! Enjoy your mundane 2 up 2 down life!

By Alex

Suburban people love to bang on about having a garden but then they can’t understand why they spend their entire lives stuck in traffic.

City centre residents have a far better and more interesting life than a suburbanite living in a dull homes box filled with Ikea furniture which is exactly the same as the neighbours.

By Anonymous

I really like this comment above by Anonymous. Yeah, so many people seem to bang on about gardens in Manchester, but have a look around and see how poorly maintained they really are here. If so many people like gardens why are they not gardening. I wouldn’t be surprised not as many people like gardens here as it is claimed and most just live in houses because it’s all they have ever known and once apartment living becomes more of a thing in this city, many will join in.


@EOD, I’ve no doubt, young professionals, students and the likes will still want to live in city centres, I’m not suggesting a complete wipeout or total change or a plainly put as Dan suggests. But we have had a number of high profile businesses like Barclays suggesting that it is high likely that WFH is very much here to stay. Offices will still be required as hubs/hqs but less densely populated potentially, and there will be a proportion of jobs where the requirement demands people to be in the office. But I don’t think it’s going to fall back into line the way it was. Why would businesses pay rates for large floorplate offices if a proportion can work from home? I’m not saying any of this is for definite but its clearly a possibility.

It’s ok having a pop at people who live in suburban areas for wanting a garden, but many of the new build flats are small and we all know there is a distinct lack of green space in Manchester city centre. As someone else said it may see a massive drive in demand for housing within the inner city suburbs, it is possible to have both. There’s many challenges and variabilities, but the way many people work, the impacts of the economic downturn post covid will have some effect no doubt, they may be big, they may be much less, we will see.

By EggManc

A lot of really good comments here, I personally think that city centre living will survive and indeed thrive in the future. There are many aspects to city centre living that appeal to many people. EOD makes some very good points as usual especially the one regarding good balconies. I living in one apartment years ago that didn’t have a balcony and I hated my time there….It had a really detrimental effect on my mental wellbeing. Now I wouldn’t even look at an apartment that didn’t have a proper balcony…the difference it makes is incredible to how you feel on a day by day basis.

By Manc Man

@EggManc, you’re assuming people only live in the city centre because it’s close to the office. Like many people on here have said, it’s the lifestyle of central city areas like Manchester why people choose to live there. Having culture, restaurants, theatres, bars etc all on your doorstep. Having the office on your doorstep is an added perk but probably isn’t the main reason most people live in the cc.

By Alex

They may as well put a fence around the city centre so no one can drive in and pollute the city centre dwellers who think its a park.

By Anonymous