Four New Bailey
Four New Bailey is designed by Make Architects

Salford to sign off BT’s New Bailey office 

Dan Whelan

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

ECF, a consortium made up of Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England, hopes to secure planning consent from Salford City Council next week, in line with officers’ recommendations. 

Earlier this 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.

DPP UK is the planning consultant for the scheme. 

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.”

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

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This is turning into a real hub for business with high end offices for some big organisations. Being so close to Spinningfields and St Johns this whole area of the city center is going to play a key part in Manchester’s recovery when the worst of Covid is behind us and we begin the long slow climb back to economic health.

By Anonymous

So, just to clarify, BT are taking the whole 10 stories of what is now a reduced 235700 sq ft building? Not the 175000 sq ft in the other article? is this correct?

By Nve

Shows the strength of the City the fact they have decided to go ahead with this.

By Bob

‘Central Salford!!’ It could only be further away from Central Salford if it was over the river in Manchester. Great the development is going ahead, But the proximity to Manchester City Centre is a bigger driver unless Salford CC is giving them a big rates discount.

By John G

I shall look forward to working there if BT haven’t got rid of us all in the next few years. Sounds like by then I’ll be able to stroll down Deansgate at lunchtime without being run over!

By BTworker