A cool Manchester community
Back in 2000, Manchester's notorious Cardroom Estate was identified as a 'Millennium Community' to be delivered as a public/private partnership. It's somewhere we've since evolved into an awesome urban space for Manchester, filled with homes, workspaces, community amenities and green space.
Taking on the development of what was one of Manchester's worst estates was always going to be a challenge. The bones of the plan came from architect Will Alsop's sketch, made with a glass of wine in one hand and a thick felt pen in the other. We took those plans to the local community already living here; we worked with them to ensure our proposals would help make this a better place to live, work and play - somewhere which would bring much-needed new homes, workspaces, community spaces and amenities.
New Islington today is a true neighbourhood, but better. Our plans have largely become a reality and Urban Splash and partners involved in the site have already helped deliver a mix of new homes - primarily new dwellings for people already living in the community, as well as apartments and our modular Houses - as well as a health centre, the New Islington Free School (we were a part of the bid that helped bring the school here), the Cotton Field park, New Islington Marina, and the New Islington Metrolink stop - something which firmly anchored the area's moniker.
In the mix is a smattering of great Urban Splash workspaces; from the ground floor units at our Chips building (a bit of an architectural icon which was again designed by Mr Alsop) to the delightful conversion of Stubbs Mill (a building which was recently taken in its entirity by sports brand Fanatics).
We've got a few units remaining in various places across New Islington and we'd love to show you around them. The location's now considered a part of central Manchester, with the extension of the Northern Quarter and the neighbouring Ancoats Urban Village and its awesome Cutting Room Square (where you can grab a pizza, a beer and more) close by. And, the workspaces on offer here could be yours tomorrow thanks to our short form lease option - just four-pages of jargon-free text that cuts out the costs and commitment of a standard lease. Sound good? Talk to us today.
Life at New Islington
Meet the designer
Will Alsop is a prominent architect and artist who established aLL Design in 2011.
Will has specialised in large-scale master plans and regeneration projects, including the master plan for New Islington in Manchester.
Meet the neighbours! Regeneration in recent years has seen New Islington's revival, now widely regarded as one of the hippest districts in the UK.
It’s one of those buzzy areas, unspoiled by commercialism, where locals love to hang out due to the area’s independent creative spirit, offering an eclectic range of food and entertainment away from the tourist throngs.
Ancoats Coffee Co, Rudy’s Pizza and the Hope Mill Theatre all opened recently, the last by a couple of twenty-somethings who saw the Victorian Warehouse for sale on Gumtree.
“We get involved with the community and give our customers a chance to meet and get to know our suppliers.”
Owner, Ancoats General Store
“We wouldn’t have done it for any other building - we fell in love with it. We have no concept other than feeding people and providing good quality food.”
Director of Altrincham Market & Mackie Mayor
"I’d always dreamt of having the café/roastery set up, mirroring what was going on in London. I liked the history of the area and the fact it was known as one of the world’s first industrial suburbs."
Founder, Ancoats Coffee
“We wanted to know how everybody else makes beer and to work out how to make it even better.”
Keith, Kit, Guy, Luke, Daniel, Nathan and Greg McAvoy
Seven Brothers Brewery
“We’re endlessly experimenting to create the best pizza we can. I’m obsessed with pizza - always have been.”
Co-owner, Rudy’s Pizza
To date we have won 400 awards for architecture, regeneration, marketing and enterprise.
Check out some of the awards New Islington has won below.