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.