by Toby Brown of Urban Splash
New Islington is one of the best examples of large scale and long-term placemaking in Manchester; what’s there today is a far cry from the New Islington of old.
In honour of what New Islington has become, here are the top five things about Manchester’s newest community, and why it’s perfect for those who want to live, work and play in Manchester city centre.
Homes for everyone…
There’s an abundance of tenure options around New Islington – with apartments, houses, renting and buying options, most people who want to experience city life can do so here.
Our House by Urban Splash Town Houses suit families and couples alike, with layout options so that customers can put their own stamp on homes; the latest Town Houses at Piercy St at New Islington complete this summer.
We’re also on site creating our, to sustainable Mansion House apartments – which all have views over New Islington’s marina; while some of the city’s biggest apartments can be found at nearby Avro – which again completes this year.
Most of the homes are available with Help to Buy too, making them even more attainable.
Essentially, there’s a home for every type of city dweller here – especially people who work in Manchester and want a slice of suburban life whilst still remaining geographically close to their professional commitments.
There’s an abundance of outdoor space at New Islington, with works just completed to improve the Cotton Field Park.
It’s quite the juxtaposition against the urban density that surrounds, but New Islington’s rich in green, open spaces – be they the Cotton Field Park, the marina, or terraces outside Cask Bar and Pollen Bakery. The outdoors is to be enjoyed here, without compromising on the delights of the city – all of which remains in view and just a few minutes’ walk away.
Raising a family in the city isn’t the commonly done thing in the UK, but New Islington takes the lead from our European counterparts, with a physical environment that’s perfect for families
From spacious Town House homes that can accommodate up to four bedrooms and offer 1500 sq ft of living space, to the park, the nursery, and the OFSTED-outsanding New Islington Free School. The setup here takes away any need to venture out to Greater Manchester’s suburbs.
There’s a great indie scene
Some of Manchester’s most celebrated independent cafes, bars and restaurants can be found at New Islington and neighbouring Ancoats. Pollen Bakery sits opposite our Town House homes at Keepers Quay, famed for its queues and “Cruffin” specialties.
The Michelin-starred Mana, tasty Sugo and Rudy’s Pizza are a few streets away in Ancoats, while new additions such as Northern Eudamonia keep New Islington’s rising appeal.
There’s great connectivity
With the centre of the city just minutes away on foot, New Islington’s a very-well connected place to live, work and play. Bordering Ancoats and the Northern Quarter makes most places within easy walking reach, while the Ashton and Rochdale Canals which flank the site make barge travel easy too.
Those travelling further afield have the New Islington Metrolink stop to get them out to the East of Greater Manchester, or over to Media City and Salford in the West; those trams run through Piccadilly station too (itself just a ten-minute walk) making far-reaching cities also easy to access.