Residential > New Islington, Manchester

The ambitious Urban Splash Plan to transform New Islington has been widely acclaimed. Several schemes have been built and the major infrastructure investments have been delivered – new canal and basins, park, streetscapes, bridges and a new school.

Our scheme on New Union Street comprises 104no. 4-6 storey apartments and 13 houses. The design approach is in contrast to much of recent development which has been large high density apartment blocks and is intended as the transition between the historic warehouse district of Ancoats and existing terrace houses. This is consistent with the overall design aspiration which is to provide a variety of typologies and tenures.

Our apartments establish a prominent bridge head at the narrow end of the site benefiting from views along the canal. The massing then steps down to the new enclave, entered past a single ‘gate house’ to a row of canal-side houses which overlook a quiet towpath that will become safer to use. The pavement frontage of the enclave offers views through railings to a communal garden with a cluster of apartments at the Vincent Street corner.

The architecture is inspired by the industrial aesthetic of the neighbouring conservation area and responds with elevations using two tones of brickwork with repetitive fenestration, textured brick panelling and parapet roofs.

Client: McCaul Developments
Current Status: On site