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Four New Bailey

English Cities Fund’s fourth project in the New Bailey development.

Office building render with bridge pathway leading to building with a dark grey cut out facade

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Salford, United Kingdom


English Cities Fund (ECF)


MAKE Architects

Located south-east of the New Bailey site in Salford, this distinctive, 12-storey building provides 293,000ft² of commercial office space, with retail space on the ground floor. The latest building to be added to the New Bailey Masterplan features a structural diagrid frame, and will serve as a gateway building to the development.

Drawing on the area’s rich industrial heritage, particularly the Irwell Street bridge, the structure features a steel frame with composite cellular beams and a metal deck floor slab at each floor level. Centrally located reinforced concrete cores provide stability and vertical circulation. The steel frame is also expressed externally through the façade design, creating a unique visual identity that will establish the building as a new landmark.

Clare Dawson, Principal Structural Engineer, said “It was a privilege to work on a fantastic scheme. There were some unique challenges presented by the diagrid frame, and the project would not have been successful without true collaboration between Cundall’s structural team, the architect and steelwork fabricator.”

Key fact

The English City Fund scheme is targeting to achieve BREEAM excellent.


Key fact

The diagrid structure and ceramic spandrel panels form a visual identity inspired by the River Irwell and the industrial heritage of Salford.


Key fact

The building presents a dramatic, cantilevered triple-height entrance with views towards Manchester’s financial district.


Lee Leston Jones in office with brick background

Lee Leston-Jones

Partner, Structural Engineering

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Whilst there was no specific target on embodied carbon for this scheme, we managed to save approximately 400 metric tonnes. We endeavoured to review and assess options at all stages of the design in terms of their embodied carbon output in order to minimise our impact, providing efficient and cost-effective solutions and reducing frame costs.