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Project Orange picks up Tutti Frutti 'bookend'

Project Orange has won the competition to design the first ‘bookend’ building for the Tutti Frutti ‘pick’n’mix’ development in New Islington, Manchester (on the site of the pink block shown at the right of the image).

The London-based practice saw off Featherstone Associates, Mole Architects and Maurice Shapero to land the project next to the proposed 26-home residential scheme, which is modelled on Amsterdam's famous Borneo Sporenburg island.

A second ‘bookend’ building will be commissioned once all the plots have been built. However, only six of the canalside homes have received planning so far (AJ 28.05.08) and the eventual timescale for completion, given the current financial climate, is still unknown.

Project Orange's competition-winning proposal will house a number of family homes above a ground floor café and has been described as a ‘striking structure’ which will complement the ‘array of homes alongside it’.

Those homes include designs by FKDA Architects, Studio Verna; Glas Architects and Sheppard Robson.

Unlike the other plots, which have been bought from Urban Splash by developer/architect teams, Urban Splash intends to build Project Orange’s scheme itself and, once finished, will then decide whether to sell or rent out the building.

Explaining the jury’s decision to appoint Project Orange, Richard Hattan of Urban Splash said: ‘This will be one of the smaller plots in New Islington, but also one of the most visible, with views across the water.

‘We therefore wanted a building which made the most of its setting. Project Orange demonstrated some exciting conceptual ideas, which we look forward to developing with them over the coming months.’

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