Final schemes at New Islington kick off

Housebuilder Urban Splash has started work at the last remaining sites of its Manchester neighbourhood, including 18 homes at Stubbs Mews, 34 homes at New Islington Marina, and a public park.

The schemes represent the final components of Urban Splash’s New Islington residential community, which it has been developing at a series of Ancoats sites that made up the former Cardroom Estate since 2002.

The company acquired the final patch of land for New Islington from Manchester City Council in June and has now started groundworks on two sites on which it will build 52 of its modular homes under the House by Urban Splash brand.

The first site is planned to deliver 18 homes at Stubbs Mews and 34 homes at New Islington Marina, and the first 10 of the customisable homes were delivered to the site this week from the House by Urban Splash factory.

Two of the Marina homes, which are to be ‘Mansion House’ apartment blocks created using modern methods of construction including sustainable cross-laminated timber, according to the developer, are also on site.

Commercial space for food and beverage operators is being created on the ground floor of each apartment block. In addition, the construction of a new public park is under way and due to complete in 2021. The park is intended to complement the existing Cotton Field Park nearby, bringing more green space to the centre of Manchester.

New Islington – built on the site of the former Cardroom Estate – has delivered hundreds of new homes as well as a school, health centre, restaurants, bars and a series of outdoor spaces.

Chris Shaw, delivery director of House by Urban Splash, said: “As we near the end of our fascinating journey of transforming New Islington, it’s great to see these brilliant new homes and community space being created.

“It’s a far cry from the Cardroom Estate of old; the area had an antisocial reputation with taxis refusing to drop off in the area and a fictional Frank Gallagher [from TV series Shameless] wandering the streets to further emphasise the dreary atmosphere.

“Fast-forward 20 years and it’s completely transformed, with an urban population of people living in our houses and apartments, as well as a great school, foodie scene and lots of outdoor space.”

The final units will go on sale in the coming months, according to Urban Splash. The company completed the penultimate phase of New Islington – comprising 17 canal side town houses on Piercy Street – last month. Just one of those units remains available for sale.

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It’s a waste making another park in Ancoats, there’s loads already.

By Dan

Look how hemmed in the houses are by that grey monstrosity next door!

By Monstrous

Sorry Shameless was not based on, or filmed on, the Cardroom Estate – it was filmed on the West Gorton estate for the first two series.

Thankfully the City Council and its partners have transformed that estate and today you would never know that Shameless was ever filmed there.

By Anonymous


No it’s not. Have you been to Ancoats on a sunny day?

By Anonymous

Dan, Manchester has one of lowest % of area devoted to parks of any major UK city, and a lot of that is in Heaton Park and Wythenshawe, one of the prices we paid for getting into the Industrial revolution 1st, and not having protected aristocratic land like London. The city centre is adding thousands of residents every year, and it therefore has to keep creating parks as it goes.

By Rich X

There are at least two further plots left in New Islington, the former Ancoats Dispensary (that everyone has forgotten about) and the site that was going to be the YO Home! development on New Mill St also.

By Dan

Rich, that’s all false, and Anon I have been to Ancoats on a sunny day, there is loads of green space, most of it not being used.

By Dan

You’ll be pulling these pre fab properties down in 20 years, hopefully the next product will match the investment ploughed into the marina

By Anon

The interior of the “ The Cob 0’Coal “ was used as the Maguire household.

By Terry Towey

Of course they won’t be pulling these properties down in 20 years.
A clearly very uneducated comment about the methods used in their construction and the quality of the houses.


@Rich X

The Greater Manchester region is pretty good for parks, although there’s always room for improvement in my opinion. It’s the city centre which has none.

@Dan – there’s loads of green space ? Unless you’re joking can you enlighten me on where all this green space is?

By Anonymous

There are quite a few bits of green space around the ancoats areas, but no more car parks as most of the land has gone to high rise blocks of apartments.. There are areas lots of green space and parks within a few minutes walk of the city centre at Philips park at Eastlands, Queens park just off Rochdale rd, platt fields etc etc and then a ten minutes drive lots lots more lovely parks including Heaton park, buile hill park etc and also a 20 minutes drive from the city centre we have the lovely countryside on our doorstep.

By Darren born bred

@Darren Phillips and Queens park are not a few minutes from the city centre. Google Maps says 37 minutes from Cutting Room Square, although the route there could be more pedestrian friendly. I don’t think it’s unreasonable for people to want more green space in the city centre, everyone should be able to strive for the best for their neighbourhood. MCC needs to make high quality pedestrian and cycling connections to these existing parks, in addition to creating more parklets, tree lined streets and squares.

By Aaron

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