Page One Female Property Specialist: Emma Payne, project manager, The English Cities Fund

Having only worked in property development for eight years, Emma Payne’s talent and skills have led her on a stellar trajectory, rising to her current role as project manager for Eden, New Bailey, Salford.

Eden is The English Cities Fund’s (ECF) next generation, £36 million, 115,000 sq ft sustainable office, currently being built in the New Bailey area of Salford, in Greater Manchester. Emma is leading the project team, making sure that contractor and its supply chain is building Eden in line with ECF’s core principles of delivering Eden as net zero carbon in operation building once complete that also priorities occupier wellbeing, as well as uses innovative materials and methods of construction to reduce Eden’s embodied carbon.

Eden is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the most sustainably-designed buildings in the UK, which will feature Europe’s largest living wall (and the second largest in the world) with over 350,000 plants. Eden is committed to using the NABERS UK ratings system to verify its performance and is targeting a 5.5-star rating, which will be a UK first. Eden is set to complete in May 2023.

Eden is part of ECF’s £1bn, 50-acre, Salford Central regeneration, which has transformed two key areas of Salford, Greater Manchester: New Bailey, a thriving business district and Chapel Street, a vibrant residential neighbourhood, which together are delivering real, long-term benefits to the community.

Emma said: “I’m incredibly proud to be delivering such a pioneering landmark in Salford, Greater Manchester.  I am working with a team that is driving ahead, setting sustainable development standards for years to come – it’s incredibly exciting.  It’s set to be completed in May 2023, and I can’t wait to see it occupied and being a poignant place in the region’s sustainable office landscape for people to enjoy, work and thrive.”

Emma’s remit also spans working on Four New Bailey, a £41 million, 175,000 sq ft office, pre-let entirely to telecommunications giant, BT for ECF in New Bailey as well as delivering a £21m affordable homes development in the Ancoats areas of Manchester.


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