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factory-built town houses within a vibrant new area

In Manchester and led by Urban Splash, New Islington – previously known as the Cardroom Estate – is a mixed community providing a variety of mmc homes and workplaces.

The masterplan for New Islington is based on architect Will Alsop’s vision that the two existing Victorian canals would be linked by a new canal – the site where our Town Houses now sit.

On the opposite bank lies Cotton Field, an idyllic water park, and services such as a health centre and primary school. More than a decade after work started on transforming New Islington, the houses came from the Urban Splash factory to be placed amongst a variety of new and retained buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

43 Town Houses in a mixture of two- and three-storey sizes are arranged in short terraces to face onto the canal and to existing and new streets.

Starting on site in 2019, phase two was also the first pilot project for Mansion House – our sister concept to Town House. The idea is based on smaller groups of apartments: six, eight or ten, sharing an entrance, stair and lift to create a stronger sense of ownership and counter the anonymity of apartment life, creating a more humane way of high density living.

New Islington phase three comprises more Town Houses and Mansion Houses, shared residents’ gardens and a new public square fronting on to the canal.


Urban Splash




  • Phase 01 – 43 houses

Contract value:

£5.2 million




Won: 2021 British Home, Northern Housing Awards, 2020 Planning Award, Northern Housing Award
Shortlisted: 2021 Golden Pineapple, 2020 Offsite Award, Housebuilder Award