The fit-out of the 157,000 sq ft building can now start after contractor Bowmer + Kirkland wrapped up construction of the third new-build office in English Cities Fund’s Salford Central masterplan.
HM Revenue and Customs signed a 25-year pre-let on Three New Bailey in March 2018 and the department’s 2,400 staff are due to take residence early next year.
Located next to Salford Central station within the New Bailey commercial scheme, the seven-storey office was designed by Make Architects and features a distinctive red brick weave façade.
“The design of Three New Bailey is unlike any other development in the city and it has become a firm favourite with those who appreciate striking architecture,” said Phil Mayall, regional director at The English Cities Fund, a joint venture between Muse Developments, Homes England and Legal & General.
Colin Casse, HMRC’s director of estates locations programme, said: “The Government hub, which will be home to HMRC’s regional centre, will provide a flexible modern environment that can be adapted, should our ways of working change in the future.”
Having completed the Three New Bailey project, Bowmer + Kirkland is now on site building Four New Bailey, which is to be occupied by telecommunications firm BT once complete. The development is being forward funded by Warrington Council, as revealed by Place North West last year.
Elsewhere within the scheme One and Two New Bailey have already completed
The 125,000 sq ft One New Bailey building is 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, also built by Bowmer + Kirkland, completed in December 2020. The 185,000 sq ft building was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, forward funded by Aviva and is let to BLM and Eversheds Sutherland.
Earlier this year, plans for a fifth new-build office on plot A3 of New Bailey were approved by Salford City Council.
Mayall added: “New Bailey has truly become a magnet for business investment, and it continues to go from strength-to-strength. It has become a place where people really do want to live, work and relax.”
In addition, ECF is in the process of delivering 389 homes on the residential portion of the scheme on the opposite side of Irwell Street.
JLL and Cushman and Wakefield are joint letting agents for the New Bailey scheme.