The scheme follows Scarborough's Milliner's Wharf and the Hat Box at New Islington

Bowler’s Yard to start in 2021

Sarah Townsend

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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It’s not needed

By Lol

Looks fantastic. Exactly whats needed.

By Anonymous

It’s a real shame this got planning permission, especially at 11 storeys high. What’s the need for it to be so big? It’ll dwarf the area and further crowd what is currently one of the few relatively open and healthy-feeling neighbourhoods in the city.

Combine that with the secretive commercial development from General Projects and the Council which is set to remove/destroy the green park next to the tram stop and it’s clear that New Islington is set to become a much less pleasant area. The Council accidentally created a place with a healthy, community feel and seems set on rectifying this as soon as possible. It is such a shame, and emblematic of the problems Manchester has with regards to planning.

By Alex

I hope any potential occupants enjoy the sound of screeching tram brakes every few minutes

By Frank

@Alex, this is currently a fenced off plot bordered by the tram tracks on side, a road on the other, and surrounded by other flats and surface car parks. It’s not exactly an anomaly, and is definitely not crowding anything out.

By Aaron

Depressingly bad.

By Observer

Not needed? Its apartments on land next to a tram stop that is rubble, not green space. 11 stories isn’t unreasonable, nor are ground floor commercial uses which add value to the open space. I fully support the local efforts to keep the adjacent open area, but being unreasonable and objecting to sensible proposals will detract from the main argument and win over no support.

By Anon

@Alex Buildings that are scaled appropriately do make for a more healthy neighbourhood since they make the area feel safer, more natural surveillance, more walkable and make the neighbourhood better able to support local shops and services.

11 storeys isn’t that big in the scheme of things and the area beyond this junction doesn’t really feel very safe or pleasant so this can only help.

By Urban design

Hope the residents enjoy the sound of the toots!

By Disgruntled Goat

More yuppies going in. More locals priced out.

By Darren born in bred and Salford

Some people must really wish Ancoats and New Islington were the dumps that they used to be in the 90’s/00’s. Any new proposal to regenerate the area and people still complain.

By Change

Good use of an awkwardly shaped and located site. Assume it has to go up to 11 storeys (compared to the 8/9 adjacent) to get the sums to work. Good to see some activation at ground floor – something which is lacking in this area.

By Bradford

Darren, you must be quite well off, what with being a man of leisure who spends all day on this website. A shame you aren’t paid by the word.

By Trent Steele

What is it with folk on this site struggling to understand the concept that “local people” haven’t got their backside in gear, got a decent, well paid career, and want to live in a nice “yuppie” flat. Do they really think it is all out of towners? I can assure there are plenty of Mancs (and indeed Salfordians) living in flats in town.

By Manc

Where else do people pay so much for flats in an area so dangerous?

By Lol

GREAT more appartments. These will be for the people that work in town. Young people starting out on the property ladder.

By John from lower Broughton

Well, let’s hope they are built better than phase 1 ( Milliner’s Wharf ) that has issues!. The developer just move onto the next building via a limited company so at arm’s length.

By Patrick

What a great development for a tragic, scruffy piece of land. Great news. The nimbys won’t like it.

By Ancoats Man