Ahead of the launch of the new, modular Mansion House apartments at New Islington on Saturday 11th May, award winning regeneration company Urban Splash has revealed new images showing spectacular views of the Marina – which will be visible from each home when they complete next year.
A dual-aspect layout means that apartments are designed with views on both sides, as well as large windows via which future homeowners will benefit from the stunning vistas.
The first homes on sale will be housed within two medium-rise apartment blocks fronting the water and the Cotton Field Park; they will each comprise six apartments. Ian Killick, architect with shedkm, has helped Urban Splash design the modular homes, and said: “The Mansion house idea is about creating small clusters of homes which share an entrance – an arrangement which encourages a stronger sense of ownership and counters the anonymity of high density living.”
Added Urban Splash residential director Guy Ackernley: “Mansion House is about community; it’s perfect for those wanting to put down roots and own their own apartment in the city whilst also enjoying fantastic views over the city’s newest and coolest neighbourhood”
The Mansion House apartments are fabricated with sustainable cross-laminated timber (CLT) in a factory in Bilbao, Northern Spain, close to the forest where the natural Radiata Pine that forms the walls and ceilings is grown.
A number of the one and two bedroom homes will go on sale at the May event; just like customers at the adjacent Town Houses scheme, Mansion House buyers will be able to make some decisions about their home’s layout, with nine flexible apartment layouts to choose from. Centered around the kitchen, the heart of each home, the apartment options on offer range from a “simple kitchen” layout – where living space is maximized; then for those who want a more dominant home hub, island and galley kitchen layouts are available.
Mansion house is all about space. Extra high ceilings and a dual aspect flood the place with light and provide long views, making the apartments feel spacious in every direction. Add to that each apartment has a generous 8 sq m 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.
Comparisons in Mansion size to average new build apartments are impressive too; with Mansion ceiling heights being 2.84m (compared to a 2.35m average on other new builds), and Mansion door heights of 2.4m versus 2.1m average. Average windows are much smaller too to save on glazing costs – whereas Mansion windows are huge to let in as much natural light as possible – the largest windows are 2m x 2.4m.
Concluded Guy: “Manchester’s on the receiving end of something rather special here. New Islington is the first place we’ll be offering Mansion House apartments, spacious homes, created using modular methods of construction, with an interior quite unlike anything else out there.”
Mansion House will sit at the heart of New Islington, overlooking the Marina and Cotton Field Park and the OFSTED-Outstanding New Islington Free Schoo. Urban Splash is also progressing plans to create additional Mansion House blocks as part of its final stages of New Islington, which – alongside neighbouring Ancoats – has undergone years of regeneration to become one of the city’s most desirable districts.