New Islington is the first site to receive our innovative 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.
In 2002 Urban Splash was appointed as lead developer to transform New Islington – previously known as the Cardroom Estate, and one of Manchester’s most notorious estates. They set out to create a vibrant, successful and mixed community by providing a variety of homes and work places. The mix of architecture was also seen as key to creating a sense of place.
The masterplan for New Islington is based on architect Will Alsop’s vision. He proposed that the two existing Victorian canals would be linked by a new canal creating a real focal point. The site for our Town Houses sits alongside the New Canal. On the opposite bank lie Cotton Field, an idyllic water park, and services such as health centre and primary school. More than a decade after work started on transforming New Islington, our twenty-first century houses arrived on the back of a lorry to be craned in to place amongst a variety of new and retained buildings, landscape and infrastructure.
43 Town Houses in a mixture of 2- and 3-storey sizes are arranged in short terraces to face onto the canal and to existing and new streets, enclosing a shared secure parking court to the rear.
Starting on site in 2019, phase 2 is the pilot project for our Mansion House apartment buildings. Mansion House is shedkm’s sister concept to Town House. The idea is based on smaller groups of apartments, say six, eight or ten, sharing an entrance, stair and lift. This creates a stronger sense of ownership and counters the anonymity of apartment life. A more humane way of high density living.