Anchorage Gateway Cole Waterhouse
The Chapman Taylor-designed tower will replace an office building on the site

Salford approves apartments and BT office

Dan Whelan

The city council granted consent for developer Cole Waterhouse’s 28-storey Anchorage Gateway, as well as English Cities Fund’s latest New Bailey office block, to be occupied by telecommunications firm BT. 

Anchorage Gateway 

Anchorage Visual V6 Aerial Shoulder View

The development was designed by architect Chapman Taylor

Developer: Cole Waterhouse  

Architect: Chapman Taylor 

Planner: WSP 

The 250,600 sq ft, L-shaped residential scheme will be built on brownfield land on the corner of The Quay and Anchorage Quay, providing 290 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. 

At ground floor level, the building will offer 4,000 sq ft of commercial space as well as public realm. 

On the mezzanine and at level 19, there will be two landscaped terrace gardens for residents.

The rooftop penthouse apartments will have private terraces. 

Outline consent was secured for a tower of up to 31 storeys last November but the height of the building has since been reduced to 28 storeys. 

Damian Flood, chief executive of Cole Waterhouse, said: “We undertook a number of revisions to the design to reduce the amount of commercial space in favour of delivering as much outside amenity space as possible and the city-wide views from the rooftop sun terrace will be hard to beat.” 

The project team for Anchorage Gateway includes structural engineering firm Renaissance, mechanical and engineering contractor Novo, landscape architect Exterior Architecture, project manager and quantity surveyors Henry Riley, and Ward Hadaway providing legal advice. 

Cole Waterhouse purchased the site, previously home to a 21,000 sq ft office, from COIF Charities Property Fund for an undisclosed sum last August. 

Four New Bailey 

Four New Bailey

Four New Bailey is designed by Make Architects


Developer: English Cities Fund, a consortium made up of Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England 

Architect: Make Architects  

Planner: DPP UK 

The 235,000 sq ft Four New Bailey will occupy plot B7 at English Cities Fund’s mixed-use development in central Salford. 

Last week, telecommunications giant BT agreed to lease the whole of the 10-storey block, designed by Make Architects, on a 20-year lease.  

The building would be constructed on Bridge Street, next to the completed 125,000 sq ft One New Bailey, the majority of which is let to law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  

Two other offices at New Bailey are under construction with Bowmer + Kirkland on site: the 188,000 sq ft Two New Bailey, 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.   

Plans for Four New Bailey were first submitted in July, outlining a 12-storey, 293,000 sq ft block, featuring 6,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space.  

However, ECF lodged refreshed plans for a scaled-back building after BT reduced its requirement. 

The ground floor retail provision remained unchanged under the amended plans.  

Bowmer + Kirkland was appointed to carry out groundworks for Four New Bailey but no contractor has yet been appointed to build the office block itself. 

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Good on Manchester but yikes… BT have let Liverpool down massively

By David

what an awful, dull, unimaginative design. How do these people even get paid for creating such nonsense.

By Anonymous

Agree with the below comment. The tower block is so unimaginative and will be a scar on the landscape for many years to come. I would be ashamed to put my name to such a project.

By Observer

Great design , the whole of New Bailey looking good now and should complement SpinningFields and St Johns once all the nonsense is over.

By Cityscape

Wish someone could waterproof the Mark Addy and open it again, although from what I’ve seen on Facebook of the damage from the last flood , seems unlikely!

By Anonymous

At the expense of Liverpool again. I sometimes think deals are done underhanded and managing Liverpools decline is the aim of the game.

By Futurist84

That tower block is awful, looks like something from the old Soviet Union….

By Manc Man