CLIENT Urban Splash
SIZE 16,200 m²
2010 RIBA Regional Award
2009 Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards - Development of the
Manchester's Millennium Community, is situated between the Ashton
and Rochdale canals on the Northern edge of Manchester City Centre.
Launched in 2002, Alsop's strategic framework for New Islington
masterplans an exceptional place, modelled around new canals and
richly planted landscapes.
Urban Splash in 2002, Chips presents the first new apartments for
sale in New Islington and was inspired by three fat chips piled on
top of one another. The building comprises three equal height, new
build masses (Chips) approximately 100m long by 14m wide, stacked
and staggered to create an elevated ground floor and eight levels
comprising 142 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
The building is
clad in a composite wall covered with newspaper print - text that
echoes the industrial heritage of the Ancoats area. The design
provides a mix of living and studio units and commercial space
within a single project. The project combines design with
technological innovation while embracing key concepts of
sustainability, and integration into the urban
apartment types range from studio spaces to three-bed apartments.
There is also a variety of differing external balconies. The
apartments can be open plan or sub-divided by the use of large
folding screens and are planned internally around a central 'pod'
unit, which houses the bathroom and kitchen areas.
The scheme achieves
a BREEAM Eco-Homes Excellent rating, conforms to the Manchester
Methodist Housing Trust scheme's stringent development standards
and also meets the Sustainability guidelines as set out by the UK
Homes and Communities agency as a part of the 'millennium