New Islington has never looked so good.
Its growing potential seems to mirror – and in some cases, outshine – its quirky neighbours, the Northern Quarter and Ancoats, which have seen lots of redevelopment over the last 30 years.
The mix of architecture reflected resplendently in the canal has been the key to creating a sense of place. Public realm works, a health centre, a school, housing at Chips, Islington Square, Guest Street and The Guts, all feel like the scheme is a greyhound that’s just been let out of the traps. It’s even got its own park called Cotton Field, and a new marina.