Contractor Morgan Sindall has begun work on the 50% affordable fourth stage of the canalside Ancoats development, which will include 106 apartments.
Planning consent was secured in April 2020 for the development. Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, bought the site in August this year, with Waterside Places, the joint venture between Muse Developments and the Canal & River Trust responsible for the earlier phases, staying on as development manager.
Ryder Architecture designed the scheme, which sits at the junction of Great Ancoats Street and Old Mill Street. The project will see apartments spread out across two buildings of 11 and 16 storeys. Of the 106 homes, 54 will be available through shared ownership and 52 through private sale.
This final phase will also feature 3,035 sq ft of ground-floor retail space for Sainsbury’s along with landscaping, cycle storage and limited car parking.
In an exclusive interview this week, Clarion director of development Richard Cook told Place North West the organisation is looking to address Manchester’s affordable homes shortfall by building 400 homes a year in the city.
Tom Webber, senior development manager at Waterside Places, said: “We’re really proud to have significantly contributed to the transformation and positive regeneration of the area.
“The final phase of Islington Wharf represents the last part of Waterside Places’ ambitious masterplan that began in 2005 to create, and then add to the vibrant community by developing much-needed affordable homes close to the city centre, as well as bringing forward public spaces along the banks of Ashton Canal.”
Shaun Jones, Greater Manchester area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “Ancoats is one of the great success stories of Manchester in recent years. The Islington Wharf development and the manner in which it dovetails with the rich heritage of its surrounding environment has been pivotal in helping make it perhaps the most stylish area of the city.”
The wider Islington Wharf development has brought forward 348 homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom family townhouses.