Work begins on New Islington affordable homes scheme

The proposed scheme

Cheadle-based construction business, Rowlinson, has started work on a new affordable, mixed tenure housing development near to Downley Drive in New Islington, East Manchester.

The scheme, which comprises 68 units, is on behalf of Great Places Housing Group.

Twenty three homes, including three two-bed houses and 20 three-bed units, are for shared ownership, while 45 apartments are for social rent, including 22 one-bed flats and 23 two-bed apartments in a four-storey building, designed by Buttress.

The site is next to the canal and borders the popular areas of New Islington and Ancoats.

In line with Manchester City Council’s carbon reduction ambitions, the homes are designed with sustainability in mind with a low carbon specification including air source heat pumps and enhanced insulation. There will also be associated landscaping plus parking for cars with electric vehicle charging points and cycle stores.

Nick Gornall, director of development at Great Places, said: “We are thrilled to have commenced works on site with our partner Rowlinson to deliver our mixed tenure affordable scheme in the heart of New Islington, a neighbourhood we have been involved in regenerating for many years.

“As well as delivering homes to meet local need, we are excited that Downley Drive will provide a flagship low carbon development for Great Places.”

David Chilton, managing director of Rowlinson, said: “This development is a great opportunity, building on the work that has already helped to transform the area so far. With a superb canalside location and range of affordable options, it’s sure to be in demand.”

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