English Cities Fund appointed Capita to provide cost management services on the development of the £22m CAT A eight-storey office block on the original ‘Manchester Prison’ site.
The development comprises office space with the potential for retail at ground floor level. The project is part of the largest planning consent ever granted by Salford Council comprising 3 million sq ft of mixed use regeneration, centred on Salford Central station and covering more than 40 acres, which will link Salford University to Manchester's Spinningfields district, known as the Salford Central development.
Phase 1 of the office block project consists of an eight storey, c 155,000 square f00t CAT A office development with associated high quality public realm works to the surrounding areas. The project is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
The foundation stone for the original Manchester prison – New Bailey - was laid in May 1787 by Thomas Butterworth Bailey after whom the prison was named. Over the years, the prison site has provided different uses, including a railway goods yard and more recently office accommodation.
In 2013 works began on the demolition of the current office space and the site was excavated to reveal the old foundations of the prison. The project completed in June 2016.
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