The first phase of the £2.7m New Bailey Gateway Project will commence on site in July 2017, providing upgraded highway infrastructure in support of the ongoing developments under the Salford Central Master-plan.
Working on behalf of Salford City Council (SCC), Urban Vision’s Highway Design team has been involved from the inception of the project, carrying out feasibility studies, as well as the concept design and detailed design of the scheme. Other services provided by Urban Vision include Landscape Design, Network Management, Traffic & Transportation, Parking Services and Property Services.
The first phase of the Project involves environmental improvements and the widening of the footways on New Bailey Street adjacent to the ongoing prestige developments by English Cities Fund (ECf) and Select Developments. The works include the installation of natural stone paving, traffic calming features, large deciduous trees, improved pedestrian facilities, high quality street lighting and enhanced bus facilities. The project is being jointly funded by the Greater Manchester Growth Deal 2, ECf and SCC and will assist in the transformation of Salford Central towards being a vibrant and significant part of the regional centre.
The centrepiece of the project is the creation of an area of public realm in the widened footway on New Bailey Street outside a future development plot. This involves the planting of large trees and creation of two ‘rain gardens’ which are supported by a state of the art Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS). The SuDS will collect surface water run-off from the carriageway and footway and will have a storage capacity of up to 80,000 Litres. Bespoke granite benches and feature paving will provide an urban oasis to compliment the eateries to be incorporated in the proposed future development.
During the detailed design phase of the project, the Highway Design Team consulted representatives from the Royal National Institute of Blind People to understand the concerns of the visually impaired. The findings of the consultation were incorporated into the design of the project, the most noticeable feature of which is the minimalist approach to street furniture and absence of clutter.
Once the first phase of the project is completed in late 2017, it will not only significantly improve the aesthetics of the street-scene but it will help to accommodate the passengers using Salford Central Station, which are set to increase to 2,000,000 per year once Network Rail’s Northern Hub works are complete. The enhanced bus facilities outside Salford Central Station will also promote integration of the public transport network through increased connectivity with up to 100 buses an hour which use New Bailey Street.
Once this phase of the scheme is complete, Urban Vision’s Highway Design team are to commence detailed design of Phase 2 which is estimated to start on site in spring 2019.