Splash declares full hoUSe, goes for planning on flats

Urban Splash has announced that the 43 homes at its hoUSe development in Manchester’s New Islington are now occupied following the completion of construction.

The modular houses, designed by shedkm architects, allowed customers to choose between 1,000 sq ft or 1,500 sq ft and choose their own layout. The 1,000 sq ft base model was launched at £200,000 but later sales reached £275,000, Splash said. All sold ahead of construction.

Guy Ackernley, Urban Splash’s head of residential sales, said: “hoUSe caught the attention of customers for two reasons; one because it is a head-turning concept that gives the generation of Grand Designs fans control of their layout, but secondly because there’s long been an appetite for some form of family home in the city centre.

“The New Islington Free School, Metrolink station, Cotton Field Park, marina and health centre all contribute to making New Islington one of Manchester’s most desirable areas.”

The developer, again working with shedkm, has now submitted a planning application for Mansion hoUSe, a modular apartment scheme comprising 84 apartments on an adjacent plot in New Islington. It is also onsite with a second hoUSe scheme in Irwell Riverside, where it said only two two-storey homes remain for sale in the first phase.

Ian Killick, director of shedkm architects said: “We believe that these schemes are game-changers, which can tackle the current housing shortage. They also happen to be homes that people are proud to live in.”

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