One New Bailey, Manchester
Bowmer + Kirkland
Aedas RHWL Architects
Generix Stone Cladding
Argeton Terracotta Cladding
One New Bailey is a Grade A BREEAM excellent office building, totalling 125,000 sq.ft. Consisting of eight floors of prime space rising above the banks of the River Irwell, it’s a building that plays a key role in the transformation of this underused land. One New Bailey was the first commercial space to be completed in the New Bailey Commercial Quarter Masterplan; a development that creates a much needed link between Manchester’s Deansgate, Salford’s central station and Chapel Street. On completion, it provided over 200,000sqm of mixed use space in this prime location.
Taylor Maxwell were pleased to work with the architects and contractors to supply Argeton terracotta and Generix stone cladding to the striking development which occupies a prominent position in the heart of Manchester. Manufactured by Ibstock Futures, Generix stone cladding is exclusively distributed by Taylor Maxwell in the UK.
Dating back to 1787, the site was once a Georgian prison. Upon discovery of the remains of the prison, extensive archaeological works were carried out by Buro Four to investigate the history of the structure. The tools used to construct the prison that were discovered on site remain on display in the new building.
With this rich industrial heritage to consider, including a number of remaining Victorian buildings, the process of reviewing and selecting materials was extremely important. Alasdair Mealey, Architect from Aedas RHWL explained a bit behind the process. He said, "when we were looking at the Argeton terracotta cladding, there is a historic viaduct a very short distance from the site, so it was important that we colour-matched with that. We achieved this by recreating an obsolete British Standard paint colour and applying it as a special glaze to the terracotta. When it came to the colour of the Generix stone cladding that was to be used, we visited the quarry in Italy to ensure we got it exactly right".
Our performance specification for materials was very detailed and the design was complex, so the Argeton terracotta and Generix natural stone cladding needed to work together seamlessly. I was impressed by the way that Taylor Maxwell could offer a joined-up solution.”
Architect - Aedas RHWL
Due to the amount of thought that had gone into how the choices would work together, installation was relatively straightforward. Andy Barker from Simco said, “As installers, we need to have confidence in what has been proposed, so we are always happy to work with Taylor Maxwell. They have the experience and expertise that ensures the solution is fit for purpose. They are also very easy to work with."
Argeton and Generix are systems that are easy to install, utilising simple support structures and come in a variety of colours and finishes. Taylor Maxwell were pleased to supply over 1,000 sqm of Italian stone in a natural slate grey shade and 300 sqm of Argeton terracotta red tiles to this striking development. Architect Alasdair concluded, "one of the great things about One New Bailey, is that it has already lifted the area. The fact that the majority of it was snapped up by two prestigious clients as tenants, even before it was complete, speaks volumes”.
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