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Partners come together to celebrate progress at Islington Wharf

Urban waterfront development partnership, Waterside Places – a joint venture between nationwide master developer, Muse and the Canal & River Trust – has welcomed partners Latimer, Manchester City Council and Homes England on site at its Islington Wharf regeneration in the heart of Ancoats, to celebrate progress on the fourth and final phase of homes.

The visually-striking 11 and 16-storey buildings – designed by Ryder Architecture and being built by Morgan Sindall Construction, with support from apprentices from Manchester City Council - on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Old Mill Street, will deliver 106 one and two-bedroom apartments, with 54 homes available through shared ownership and the remaining 52 homes for private sale. This final phase will also feature 3,035 sq ft of ground-floor retail space for Sainsbury’s alongside beautifully curated public space, limited car parking and high-quality secure cycle storage facilities to encourage active travel.

Tom Webber, senior development manager at Waterside Places, said: “We’re really proud to welcome partners and the fantastic apprentices from the council on site, who together have significantly contributed to the transformation and positive regeneration of the area.”

“The final phase of Islington Wharf represents the last part of our masterplan that began in 2005 to create a vibrant and diverse waterside community in partnership that’s close to Manchester city centre, with stunning public spaces along the banks of Ashton Canal for everyone to enjoy.”

Richard Cook, group director of development for Clarion Housing Group, said: “We are incredibly proud to be delivering more than 100 quality new homes at this prime canal-side site in Manchester. This project demonstrates our commitment to providing vital affordable homes in the city, and we are looking forward to working with Manchester City Council and our partners to create more new mixed-tenure communities for generations to come.”

Shaun Jones, Greater Manchester area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “It’s a pleasure to be a part of this community-focused masterplan which has been in the works for quite some time now. It’s very exciting to see the moving parts come together, and this was a perfect opportunity to celebrate the progress of this final phase. This was also a reminder of what a joint effort the works have been, all with the same goal to regenerate and positively impact the area for residents for years to come.”

Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “New Islington is a regeneration area of international renown and it should be considered an exemplar of neighbourhood transformation. This includes creating opportunities for our residents to gain vital experience in the construction sector, which will allow them to take advantage of employment opportunities in the city – and share in the success of the city’s continued growth. We also welcome the shared ownership properties at Islington Wharf, increasing opportunities for Manchester people to get a foot on the property ladder in an affordable way.”

The wider Islington Wharf regeneration has brought forward 348 much-needed city centre, waterside homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments, to four-bedroom family townhouses that have been specifically designed to blend both the heritage of the area and its future, with high-quality features throughout.

Waterside Places specialises in revitalising and reinventing waterside areas across the country, creating exciting spaces to live, work and relax, thanks to a forward-thinking approach and drive to deliver urban renaissance.