Four New Bailey, Manchester

Wintech are delighted to have been part of the 4 New Bailey project, and as the eagerly anticipated scheme approaches its completion, it presents an opportune moment to reflect on the journey of this landmark project. From the historical roots of the development to the intricacies of its unique architectural design, the project stands as a testament to both the rich heritage of the site and the innovative vision driving its construction.

The project’s roots delve into history, dating back to 1787 when a prison named New Bailey (after Thomas Butterworth Bayley) stood proudly on the site. Architecturally inspired by the industrial heritage of the area, the building pays homage to its roots. The primary structure draws inspiration from the adjacent steel bridge’s cross bracing, while ceramic spandrel panels tell the story of the region’s rich ceramic industry.

What makes 4 New Bailey truly exceptional is its unique diagrid structure, showcasing a design that is both unusual and special, offering numerous structural benefits. Unlike many contemporary buildings that conceal their structures, the goal was to enhance and exhibit the diagrid structure through a thoughtfully designed façade.

Wintech Director James Emery commented, “The building is very unique as are all buildings on New Bailey site. The raison d’être for the project is to showcase the diagrid structure, something quite unusual and special which offers many structural benefits. With such as special structure the façade was designed to enhance and exhibit the structure rather than hide it like so many contemporary buildings”.

Designing a façade with a diagrid structure presented a set of challenges, and required an innovative approach to address thermal, structural, and weather performance considerations, whilst adhering to an efficient construction schedule and budget constraints.

Wintech collaborated with the team on the building from early concept with Make architects all the way through the design and construction; this consisted of concept detailing, thermal and structural modelling, value engineering, risk assessments, façade specifications, tender reviews, laboratory testing, design audit, site surveys through to project delivery.

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