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Make is the architect for the last piece in the New Bailey jigsaw

Plans in for final New Bailey office

Neil Tague

Developer consortium English Cities Fund has filed a planning application for a 12-storey office block totalling 293,000 sq ft at New Bailey in Salford, tipped to house BT’s long-standing 200,000 sq ft requirement.

The building, billed as Four New Bailey, is to occupy Plot B7 between New Bailey Street, the River Irwell and One New Bailey. It is designed by Make Architects, also the architect for Three New Bailey, with DPP acting as planning consultant.

Cundall, Re-form Landscape Architects, transport consultant WSP and cost consultant RPS, and M&E consultant Hannan Associates, are also on the professional team.

The building will offer 6,000 sq ft of retail at ground floor, with 287,000 sq ft of office space. It will accommodate 200 cycle parking spaces.

Kayleigh Dixon, principal planner at DPP Planning, said: “Four New Bailey is the final element of the significant regeneration programme of this part of Salford and will act as a gateway to the New Bailey Masterplan area.

“It is representative of the wider investment that is taking place in Manchester to support long-term, sustainable economic prosperity and employment through the creation of high-quality office accommodation.”

DPP’s covering letter accompanying the application said: “The building comprises a distinctive black metal diagrid framework encasing the façade, glazed ceramic spandrel panels and black framed windows. The diagrid ‘diamonds’ each span three floors.

“As a distinctive design, the building continues an approach of individualistic design to the separate buildings within New Bailey to allow each to express a character that is unique, and a wider whole that is well related through the uniformity of the landscape materials and street furniture.”


In June, Place North West reported that activity was imminent, as Bowmer & Kirkland, contractor on other buildings across the New Bailey site, submitted a construction method statement to Salford City Council, with work beginning on clearing the site.

One New Bailey was the first office to be delivered and is near fully let. Two other offices at New Bailey are under construction: Two New Bailey, which includes 188,000 sq ft, 50,000 sq ft of which is pre-let to law firm Eversheds; and Three New Bailey, a 157,000 sq ft building pre-let to HMRC. Bowmer + Kirkland is on site at both schemes.

Four New Bailey benefits from the 2006 outline planning permission for the wider New Bailey site.

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Not as good as the previous design but I like it

By Bob

Just looks like all the others really tall,bland and nothing going on

By Alfie mcgill

Now that there is (or soon will be) substantial local footfall is the time for Network Rail and Transport for the North to rebuild Salford Central Station – together with the extension of trams to Salford Crescent proposed in the TfGM 2040 plan.

By Bob Robinson

I think this looks really great

By Anonymous

Always fascinated when people say something looks like all the others. @Alfie mcgill, how does this look like all the others? How may other buildings in Manchester have a similar triangle facade. If it looks the same as all the others, I would expect at least 70% to be identical. But then you also claim it is really tall. It is 12 stories. Since when is 12 stories really tall. Even if we take the adverb “really” out of the sentence, it’s still not tall. It is 12 stories high. It barely could even be called a high-rise, but if it were, it would be at the lowest possible level. Alfie mcgill, it’s not high. I actually quite like it. Granted, it’s hardly going to be globally famous. But there are much worse buildings in MCR. Just look at that horrid brick 90s thing at the far left of the photo. It’s in a growing location. Just a pity the council won’t ever invest in the riverfront – the prime location in the city centre.
Always fascinated