Irwell Riverside is the third – and largest – completed project using our award-winning factory-built houses. Town House is a new concept for mass housing; a direct challenge to the established typologies of the major housebuilders. It exploits clever modular planning to create spacious, flexible, modern and sustainable customer-designed homes that are manufactured off-site to a high standard and delivered to site fully finished.
The site had seen many unrealised proposals and had lain empty for many years; this neglect, and proximity to the River Irwell, had seen the site develop an almost rural feel, despite its proximity to the centre of Manchester. Our scheme sought to maintain this quality, with existing mature trees retained to the perimeter of the site and supplemented with new tree-lined streets, a shared residents’ garden and a new public route through the site connecting the surrounding housing with the river.
72 terraced Town Houses, arranged in parallel rows, maximise views to the established river walkway and create two new streets with a strong sense of community. Inspired by traditional terraced housing, the strength of the street scene is in the consistency of elevational treatment and repetition of domestically-scaled units, enlivened by the rhythm of projecting balconies, bay windows and pitched roofs. Gable houses receive additional windows and those facing the river have generous gable balconies with superb views. Terraces are broken and stepped at key points, increasing views and permeability through the site. Generous landscaping, shared surface streets and high quality finishes give a coherent feel to the public realm.
The houses at Irwell Riverside are ‘mark 2’ Town Houses which build on the success of those used on earlier sites, but with a host of significant improvements developed through our on-going research and development programme which seeks to improve the design of the house types and the construction process.