Creating an exciting new type of urban community for the 21st century is the ambition for New Islington.
Next door to Ancoats and still only minutes away from Manchester city centre, New Islington is a visionary scheme to develop not just a place to live but a real and vibrant community. Developers Urban Splash, with a little help from maverick architect Will Alsop, have come up with a grand plan for this swathe of land between the Rochdale and Ashton Canals, aiming to turn it into a beacon of what a modern urban community should be - the ideal ‘favourite neighbourhood’.
Work is well underway on plans that include new homes, a new primary school and health centre, a new eco park and a new city marina. The iconic Chips development has already become an architectural beacon for this part of the city, with the new marina opening in 2011 and the eco-park due to open in Spring 2012.
So if you’re interested in becoming part of a new kind of urban community, with lots of investment planned for the future, take a look at New Islington.
In the neighbourhood
Investment to date has already created new facilities and environnments in New Islington.
Meet the people
Places to live
New Islington is already home to some of East Manchester's most iconic residential developments.
At a glance
New Islington (opening 2012)
St Anne’s Primary, Ancoats
Park View Community School, Miles Platting
Ancoats Primary Care Centre
Nightlife & culture:
Band on the Wall
Manchester City Centre
Cutting Room Square
Miles Platting Swimming Pool
- New Islington has replaced the Cardroom Estate, an old council estate named after the room where spun cotton from the great Ancoats Mills was 'carded'.
- This area was home to many of the people who worked in the cotton mills of Ancoats – some of their sons and daughters still live here today.
- The new name for the area is actually an old one – it was called New Islington on the 1840 ordnance survey and clues of this past remained in a street name.