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Metropolitan Workshop scoops planning for New Islington housing scheme

Metropolitan Workshop has won planning permission for a second phase of homes on a site within Manchester’s New Islington regeneration area

The £16million waterside scheme contains 81 homes and is part of a larger 117-house development known as The Point which sits on a triangular site within the high-profile ‘urban village’.

The project features three blocks built around a communal garden together with a row of homes overlooking the Rochdale canal (see plan attached). The practice claims the use of brick has ‘been inspired by the industrial character of the adjacent Ancoats Conservation Area and the 18th century brick facades on the opposite side of the canal’.

The housing is backed by Astley-based McCauls Developments who bought the site, known as ‘The Point’, from Urban Splash back in 2002. The development is being built in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) through the Get Britain Building Scheme.

Sean McCaul, director at McCauls, said: ‘The development will provide contemporary and high spec homes in what is quickly becoming one of the most distinctive and diverse neighbourhoods in Manchester.  Furthermore we are delighted to have received Help to Buy approval for The Point.

‘The new government scheme will provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the house building sector and offers an excellent incentive for people to get onto and move up the property ladder.’

Will Alsop, FAT and Mae have all previously designed homes on the surrounding Manchester brownfield site - the masterplan for which was developed by Urban Splash and Will Alsop in 2002.

Construction on the first phase of the scheme has already begun. Phase one includes 23 apartments and 12 canalside houses, and is due to complete in September 2013. The second phase is set for completion in March 2014.

Metropolitan Workshop New Islington

Project data

Location New Islington, Manchester
Type of project residential
Client McCauls Ltd
Architect Metropolitan Workshop
Landscape consultants Philip Cave Associates
Structural engineers Bell Munro Consulting
Quantity surveyor McCauls Ltd
Main contractor McCauls Ltd
Completion date March 2014
Number of dwellings 13 houses, 104 apartments

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