Developer unveils first modular apartments with Mansion House
House, by Manchester-based property specialist Urban Splash, has created its first modular apartment at New Islington.
Having previously introduced their customisable Town House family homes in Manchester before rolling them out at neighbourhoods across the country, Mansion House is House by Urban Splash’s first apartment offering.
The completed show home sits within the first of three Mansion House blocks on the marina front at New Islington. The one- and two-bedroom apartments have huge balconies and dual-aspect views over the water and Cotton Field Park, towards the city.
The intelligent design means that small numbers of apartments, eight to 10, share a front door, allowing homeowners to get to know their neighbours and curate their shared spaces.
The apartments have been constructed using super sustainable cross laminated timber (CLT). The material has been used for the main structure and the interior finish, bringing not only a unique aesthetic, but also environmental benefits thanks to its insulation performance – retaining heat in winter and letting the building breathe in the summer.
Reflecting on the design of the building, House by Urban Splash co-founder Jonathan Falkingham, said: “Just as we did when we first introduced Town House in 2016, we are raising the design bar with Mansion House and giving home owners something genuinely new.
“We’ve worked for a long time on perfecting this apartment concept. Around a decade ago we started to think about the number of similar apartment buildings that were being constructed in Manchester – with homes arranged in a linear form, clustered around long, dark and uninviting corridors – and we considered what a better design would look like – more homely, more neighbourly. We could also see the same materials used both internally and externally.
“Our inspiration came from Marcel Breuer’s approach in Flaine in the French Alps – there, the Bauhaus-trained architect created a series of precast concrete structures which would sit well with the mountainous surroundings.”
He added: “Mansion house is all about space. Extra high ceilings and a dual aspect flood the rooms with light and provide long views, making the apartments feel spacious in every direction. Each apartment has a balcony, and if you’re really looking to maximise the sense of space, the two top-floor apartments at Mansion House have an additional ‘lantern’ that increases the ceiling height to nearly five meters.”
The show apartment is the first glimpse of a new collaboration between House by Urban Splash and Allermuir Home, a domestic sub-brand of internationally renowned contemporary furniture brand Allermuir.
Their high end UK manufactured designs have been exclusive to the contract market until very recently when they unveiled Allermuir Home.