Islington Wharf Phase 4
Plans for the 106-apartment scheme were approved last summer

Plans in for Islington Wharf final phase

Dan Whelan

Waterside Places, the joint venture between Muse Developments and the Canal & River Trust, has submitted plans for the fourth and final stage of the scheme, 15 years after approval for the first phase was granted.

The 106-apartment complex is made up of two towers of 16 and 11 storeys respectively and would sit on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Old Mill Street, with phase three to the east and phase one to the south. 

There would be 33 one-bedroom apartments and 73 two-bedroom apartments split across 77,000 sq ft.

The project team includes Savills as planning consultant, Ryder as architect, Buro Four as project manager, Hydrock and Hannan Associates as engineering consultants, and Rider Levitt Bucknall as quantity surveyor. 

Eric Wright was lead contractor on the second and third phases of the project but no contract has yet been awarded for construction of the final phase. 

Islington Wharf 4

The development will be made up of two blocks

Subject to planning approval, work is expected to start on site in autumn 2021 with completion projected for the end of 2022. 

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, which has seen Ancoats rise to be named the 13th coolest place in the word to live in 2019. 

“The final phase of Islington Wharf represents the last part of Waterside Places’ ambitious masterplan that began in 2005.” 

The wider Islington Wharf development began in 2005 when plans were submitted for phase one construction, and the first project completed in 2008. 

The joint venture has also brought forward projects at Granary Wharf in Leeds and Brentford Lock in London. 


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I comment on a lot of design articles but this is just rubbish. It looks dated already and offers absolutely zero for the streetscape. We will look back and regret these sorts of abysmal developments.

By Acelius

Dull as dish water!

By Steve

What’s going to become of this litterbox when the generation that’s learnt you can easily work from home wants to buy somewhere spacious and attractive?

By Litterbox

They particularly failed in Phase 3 Islington Wharf Locks, with major dissatisfaction rate by the home owners due to significant design and installation snagging items, which are still open… there is no confidence in Manchester white collar area anymore they could achieve that project and deliver with quality.

By Mike

Soooo bad – such a landmark corner location on Gt Ancoats Street – needs something a little less BORING

By Blah

Surely the lockdown has made architects and developers aware of the value of balconies and that after all the current situation is done apartments like these will be less desirable? If city centre living is meant to be sustainable people need private outdoor spaces.

By x

This is terrible. Why are they submitting such a patchwork of developments? This small section of Great Ancoats has so many high rises already – with more in the pipeline already – and this will be opposite the monstrous Oxygen building which is not clearly represented on either image in this article.

By Bee

Very bland considering they’ve had the site for 15 years, you’d have thought they’d have saved a few quid on land acquisition to roll into a better façade….

By Bob Monkhouse