Manchester City Council approved the scheme in 2020. Credit: via planning documents

Bowler’s Yard to start in 2021

A joint venture led by developer and investor Scarborough International Properties has won planning permission for the final phase of development at Manchester’s New Islington and expects to start construction early next year.

Bowler’s Yard comprises an 11-storey block containing 62 one- and two-bedroom apartments and a double-height communal area on the ground floor, designed by CJCT Architects.

Bicycle stores, electric car charging points and a ‘pocket park’ – a communal garden for residents – are also included.

The scheme is located on a vacant site next to the New Islington Metrolink stop  previously used to store construction materials for Scarborough’s neighbouring developments Milliner’s Wharf and Hat Box, which completed in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

Bowler’s Yard, the third and final phase of the developer’s planned work at Ancoats, is being delivered by the FairBriar joint venture, in which Scarborough holds the majority 50% stake, with Singapore’s Metro Holdings and China’s Hauling Group holding a 25% stake each.

Scarborough aims to appoint contractors to build the project this summer, with a view to start construction early next year and complete in mid-2022.

The company, which has UK offices in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Sheffield, is also developing the 25-acre Middlewood Locks scheme with Metro and Hauling.

Nicola Wallis, sales and marketing director at Scarborough, said: “Bowler’s Yard is our fourth scheme in the city with Milliners Wharf and the Hatbox completed, and we are also underway with Middlewood Locks with the first phase completed and home to more than 650 residents, and the second phase nearing completion.

“To date, Scarborough has delivered more than 1,000 new homes in Manchester and has a further 546 under construction.”

Scarborough’s development director Paul Kelly added: “Bowlers Yard is another opportunity for Scarborough and our international partners to create a high-quality, residential scheme in one of the UK’s most vibrant, cosmopolitan and progressive cities.”

The apartments will feature full-height glazing windows and balconies to “maximise natural light and space”, the company added.


The 11-storey block is to comprise 62 apartments

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