Alsop's web site describes Will Alsop as, ".. one of the most prominent of UK architects. His practice is an international operation, but one guided by the principle that architecture is both vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. The philosophy extends from the design of individual buildings to embrace broader principles of urbanism and city development. By abandoning the hegemony of an acceptable style, he has rendered the whole process of architecture one of increasing fluidity and transparency; a new and refreshing position for architecture."

Chips, New Islington - 2009

The New Islington web site says this about Chips:  "Just when you thought Manchester’s new apartment buildings were beginning to look the same, along comes ’Chips’, so called because it looks like chips on a plate.  Designed by Alsop Architects, who dreamed up the Strategic Framework for the whole of New Islington, Chips is one of the most significant buildings in the scheme.  Overlooking canals on both sides, with a restaurant at ground level, this is one of the best addresses in New Islington. Clad with warm timber panels and stamped references to local canals and trading routes, this is a building that will be famous as soon as it is built."


Alsop have also been the driving force behind the overall design of the New Islington development.  Alsop describes it as, "... a rich mix of house types, distinct architectures, and multiple activities that will promote a sustainable and varied community and an urban development which is a destination for visitors as well as a home for its residents."  Here are some photographs of progress so far in early 2009.