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Developing Islington Wharf Mews

Islington Wharf, Ancoats, Manchester

The second phase of a fantastic new residential development in Manchester is reaching completion.

Located in Ancoats, Islington Wharf Mews is a stunning development from ISIS – a joint venture between Muse Developments and the Canal and River Trust – and includes a mix of town houses and apartments. The development overlooks Ashton Canal, providing a tranquil setting that is conveniently situated just a ten minute walk from Piccadilly Station and close to the Manchester’s popular Northern Quarter.

Thomas Barnes & Sons is the main contractor on the £5.5 million second phase, whilst JM Architects is providing all architectural services. Harvey & Co is the quantity surveyor on Islington Wharf Phase 2 and Civic Engineers is the structural engineer.

Planning permission was granted on Phase Two of the project in late 2012, with construction work commencing in spring 2013. Work is set to reach completion in Summer 2014.

ISIS Chairman, Stuart Mills, said:

“We acknowledge the important role played by the waterways in the rise of our towns and cities, providing vital transport links and a powerful backdrop to their industrial growth – as is the case here in Manchester.

“In the regeneration and development of this area, we’ve helped bring this waterside location back to life for a new generation, and the second phase of the scheme will meet the demand from an environmentally conscious buyer, who seeks a high quality, low carbon home in an inspiring, waterside community.”

Islington Wharf, Ancoats, Manchester

Phase Two comprises 30 apartments and 16 town houses with private gardens and is designed around a mews-style network of spaces. Phase Two commenced following the successful completion of Phase One.

Work on Phase One of the project got underway in 2006 and reached completion in 2008. The fully-occupied development comprises 200 apartments, ranging from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom family homes.

Many of the family homes on the development include private gardens, whilst a communal garden is also located on site and includes a herb garden and picnic benches.

In addition to the two phases on the development, a number of new amenities have been launched, including New Islington Free School and New Islington Marina. Islington Wharf also houses Vivid Lounge, a community hub that provides local residents with beverages and snacks, as well as a newsagent and hairdresser salon.

To further demonstrate the community spirit and atmosphere of the neighbourhood a number of events have taken place since the development made its debut. A ‘Gelato in July’ ice cream festival was a particular highlight of 2010 and 2011, whilst 2012 and 2013 saw Ashton Canal play host to the Manchester Canal Festival. A Metrolink connection to service the area opened in 2013.

All of the homes on the development have been designed to meet Code 4 for Sustainable Homes, which aims to reduce carbon footprint and emissions. The dwellings include A or B rated energy-efficient kitchen appliances, low energy lighting, water saving taps and are being constructed using responsibly sourced building materials. Internally, each unit includes colour co-ordinated finishes which match the exterior of the buildings.

Islington Wharf, Ancoats, Manchester

As a friendly and modern development, Islington Wharf Mews has been designed to be welcoming to all, from first time buyers to those with a family. The properties benefit from generous space both internally and externally and the unusual mix of properties, plus the retention of the original Lock Keeper’s Cottage, creates a truly unique living area.

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