Yo Home Glenn Howells

Manchester chosen for first Yo! Homes

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The company behind the Yo! Sushi restaurant chain has submitted a planning application for 24 modular apartments in New Islington, designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

Yo! Company has been working on plans for pre-fabricated residential buildings for a number of years, focusing on maximising the use of space in apartments by incorporating pull-down beds, with concealed cupboards and dining spaces.

The project in New Islington will be the company’s first Yo! Home scheme, and if approved will be built on a plot on the corner of Old Mill Street and Lampwick Street, next to Urban Splash’s Stubbs Mill office.

Yo! Company’s plans will see a six-storey block made up of 24 self-contained pods, which will be pre-fabricated off site and then lifted on top of each other. The flats will be for sale and aimed at first-time buyers.

According to documents submitted with the planning application, “the essence of a YO! Home is that a small space can be transformed into a big place. The prototype that embodied the concepts of YO! Home was launched in 2012 at 100% Design in London. The prototype squeezed all the rooms of an average two-bedroom house into a space no bigger than a one-bedroom apartment

“The concept of YO! Home is to provide flexible apartments for city living. The design centres upon a kit of moving parts, which draw on the mechanics of stage scenery, transforming a small space into a much larger home. The use of multi-purpose furniture, cleverly crafted moving elements and a carefully considered design of space helps create a flexible home that transforms the way we live.”

Yo! is working alongside SIG Building Solutions on the project.

Urban Splash recently completed the first phase of its residential modular housing scheme, also in New Islington, with 43 terraced houses sold off plan. Building affordable homes for sale, designed around intelligent living spaces, was part of the ethos of Ask Real Estate’s Abito building in Salford, which was completed in the last development cycle.

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Your Comments

I’ve heard it all now!

By R Bolton

With Stubbs Mill, the PRS towers scheme at New Union Street and Great Ancoats Street, the new Lovell houses around Platting Village, infill developments in Ancoats and New Cross, HoUSe at New Islington Marina, this whole area is being transformed!

It also looks like work has started on the new phase of Islington Wharf Mews. Vivid Lounge, Ancoats General Store, Rudy’s Pizza, Vermillion and Vnam are adding to a buzz in the area.

Walking along the Rochdale Canal through Miles Platting is actually really beaut these days. A traffic free walking/cycle route through a green space. Fantastic.

We just need the redevelopment of Central Retail Park to come forward!

By Eastlands

I hope that the little grass common created in Platting doesn’t become just another rubbish dump.It is looking almost liveable there now.

By Elephant

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