Piercy Street New Islington EXTERNAL
The three-storey properties were built using modular construction methods

Latest New Islington phase wraps up

Sarah Townsend

Developer Urban Splash has completed 17 canal side town houses on Piercy Street, towards the north-eastern side of its residential scheme in Manchester.

The Piercy Street homes were the latest phase of modular construction at Urban Splash’s New Islington neighbourhood. They are located at the junction with Carruthers Street, close to the company’s Stubbs Mill and Chips buildings, and face the Ashton Canal.

The buildings were manufactured at the House by Urban Splash factory in Alfreton, and the exact design and layout of the three-storey, 1,500-sq ft properties are to be selected by residents.

House by Urban Splash delivery director Chris Shaw said: “Just a year ago, this patch of land was completely run down and attracted antisocial behaviour. Now, like the rest of New Islington, it has a new lease of life.”

“This now bustling neighbourhood of New Islington has joined together the Northern Quarter and East Manchester, and has given Mancunians somewhere new to live, work and play.”

The main contractor on the scheme was Artez and the architect was Shedkm. NJL was the planning consultant for the scheme.

Urban Splash said today it has also agreed a deal with housing provider Great Places Housing Group to increase the proportion of affordable housing provision at New Islington to 31%.

Four of the properties at Piercy Street are to be marketed as shared ownership by Great Places by its first-time buyer division Plumlife Homes. A total of 60% of the Piercy Street town houses have been sold to date.

Each of the shared ownership homes offers the same specification as the open market homes and feature three or four bedrooms as well as a private terrace, car parking and access to the Piercy Street residents’ garden overlooking the Ashton Canal.

Piercy Street New Islington

The town houses front the Ashton Canal



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They look awful

By Normal Person

Are they communal gardens?

By Meeseeks

These look depressing. I wonder what they are like inside? Also, the picture here appears to show a long communal garden!

By Chris

Who ‘s going to live in them?

There’s no space, no privacy, no sea air, nowhere for children to play.

For the same price you could buy a 5 bedroom house in a leafy Liverpool Suburb, with a garden, and also within close proximity of award winning parks. Green open spaces with room to breath.

By Liverpool romance

Half a million sQuid upwards. HAHAHAHAHA

All down to economics: there are enough people with good jobs in Manchester to pay this to live in such an urbanised environment. But if you could get a similar job in Liverpool, of course you’d rather go for a victorian merchants’ mansion (plus change) next to Sefton Park. Feel sorry for the people forced to work in Manchester.

When factory-made housing becomes standard, traditionally made houses will be more of a premium, and these will be seen in the same way we look at the old pre-fabs.


They look like prefabs built during the Blitz. Manchester needs to up its game with Townhouses. Salford has built the stunning Timekeepers Square and Valette Square and it is also building beautiful Townhouses at Middlewood.These look cheap but are anything but. There are some off Trinity Way which are identical and they are just stranded in some grotty no man’s land.

By Elephant

still plenty of anti-social behaviour going on down that towpath…


Would love to live here. Beautiful ultra modern homes

By Anon

Urban Splash building more houses. How about splashing some money on the CHIPS building and replacing the cladding you built it with. The people in those flats are still at risk.

By Cynthia Mellish

Designed by a Liverpool Architect

By Anonymous

I do wonder who thought the storage container look was what homeowners wanted!

By Anonymous

I live in one of their houses and they are magnificent.
They are exceptionally well built and ultra modern. The internal space is huge and well above (more than twice) the average new build size. Very high ceilings, huge windows with a huge open plan living.
The insides are fabulous, and easily customisable. In fact the whole build was customisable.
I personally like the exterior look – but they’re not to everyone’s taste, but I like the industrial feel of them.
Comparing them to post war pre fabs is completely misleading; the only justifiable comparison is that they are not traditionally constructed.
Don’t listen to people who proclaim to be experts in an industry and yet only make snap judgements on the basis of a photo.. I’m sure all their homes are stunning.

By Anonymous

It’s all part of the beautification of Manchester!

By Liverpool Architect ;)

don’t look the most private places do they!? Splash given tonnes of money of course by Homes England to develop this concept further…. Would Bloxham live in one? Of course not.

By John Smith

@LOL – you can get exactly that in Manchester if you travel a similar distance out of the centre as Sefton Park is. These are pretty much in the city centre, so of course they attract a higher premium.

Not sure why you feel sorry for folk working in Manchester; it’s not a standard condition of employment to be living within 400 yards of the office…

By Red Rose

And the thing is they’ll sell! Looks like they should belong in Bootle or some other god forsaken place.

By Anonymous

Love the modern sleek design they will be a great success

By Anonymous

The quality of these houses are far superior to the standard produced by mass market house builders. I bet all the negative comments are from people who have never set foot in one or researched them properly beyond a thumb size photo.

By Anonymous