The rise of New Bailey

Interlink Recruitment28 October 2019

This week sees us celebrate two years at our offices in The Bayley, right across the road from the exciting, fast-growing New Bailey commercial district. When we moved in back in 2017, a lot of New Bailey was very much still in development planning phase. And as you know, if you’ve headed out this way across the River Irwell recently, a lot has changed. It’s an exciting place to be…

Construction in full swing

The view from our office windows was quite different a couple of years ago. Development work had started with One New Bailey completed, but there was still a huge open space across the road from us. That space today now forms the erection of new buildings, right next to Salford Central station.
The New Bailey project is a whopping £650m redevelopment being delivered in partnership with Salford City Council and English Cities Fund. It’s a mixed development of high-quality offices, retail, leisure and residential spaces and an exciting new extension to Manchester’s Central Business District. The focus is on sustainability and encouraging people to stay and use the space, hence the design is pedestrian and bike-friendly with plenty to see and do, and places to sit outside too.

One, Two, Three New Bailey
Those in the legal world will undoubtedly already know that international legal firm Freshfields moved into One New Bailey in the Summer of 2017, taking five floors of the state-of-the-art new office building. And as Two New Bailey Square takes shape, another law firm has pledged its commitment to life on this side of the Irwell. Eversheds Sutherland confirmed earlier this year they will move their 300-strong Manchester team to Two New Bailey, taking 50,000 ft2 across part of three floors, with their own reception within the building too. And it was only recently that the first spade went into the ground to officially start Three New Bailey which is being let in its entirety to HMRC on a 25-year lease. As well as these buildings for commercial purposes, there’s also Riverside House, the smallest of the new office buildings which has been finished with a beautifully restored 19th Century façade.

A great place to work
We were always aware of the plans for New Bailey when we took our offices on New Bailey Street and were hopeful the area would become as successful as it already is, even as buildings are still being constructed! As well as the fact everything was right for us when it came to our own premises, we saw the potential in the area and knew we’d still have easy access to our clients in Spinningfields and across other parts of Manchester. Two years later and it’s a great base for our legal recruitment consultancy to thrive in. Not only are more law firms on our doorstep, but there are great options for lunching and meeting clients or candidates. Our own team enjoy the break-out areas offered by New Bailey, as well as the pop-up snack and drink stations which come along. The Menagerie is a favourite for team lunches, while Foodwell is popular for those more health-conscious in the office. And of course, we are literally right across the road from Salford Central train station – perfect for staff commuting to work or candidates visiting us for interviews.

A little bit of history
What’s great about the New Bailey area is that it has a significant history relevant to the world of law. It seems very fitting that law firms should pledge a future to the new commercial district. You may know, when it comes to this part of town, the site of the New Bailey development is built on the original site of the Manchester prison which was known as, ‘New Bayley’. The name comes from Thomas Butterworth Bayley who in 1787 laid the first foundation stone of the prison, with a play on the words of London’s ‘Old Bailey’. Built initially in a horseshoe shape, the New Bayley prison took in offenders from the ‘Hundred of Salford’, an ancient administrative district which incorporated all of Greater Manchester, with the exception of the more Southern parts. The prison acted as a holding cell before trial as much as a place of incarceration once guilty verdicts were delivered; it lasted about eighty years until Strangeways was built and became Manchester’s main prison. So, if you ever wondered why our offices are named, ‘The Bayley’ – now you know.

Our doors are always open here at The Bayley. We’ll happily welcome you to discuss your legal staff sourcing needs, or if you’re a legal professional looking for a new opportunity, you can meet with one of our team members discreetly to talk through your circumstances. Give us a call to arrange a meeting today!
If you’re a recruitment professional keen to continue or start a career in legal recruitment, in a thriving area like New Bailey, you can send your CV to us for consideration

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