Isis at Islington Wharf - Manchester, UK

Broadway Malyan
Date Built
Islington Wharf
This sandstone, copper and glass apartment complex sits beside the Ashton Canal at Islington Wharf.  It  was commissioned by Isis Waterside Developments, a company that involves British Waterways, Igloo (the regeneration fund of Aviva) and MUSE Developments.  They named the company after the Egyptian goddess of rebirth and rejuvenation.  Their website says this about the development,  "Situated on the Ashton Canal in New East Manchester, Islington Wharf is just a short walk from the creative thrum and bustle of the independent shops and bars of the Northern Quarter and the vast array of city centre attractions."

"Islington Wharf is at the centre of Manchester's most up-and-coming residential area within the large-scale, high quality regeneration of New East Manchester."

"Plans include a new school, play area and shops, while a new Metrolink connection is due to open right next to Islington Wharf in 2012."

The architectural practice of Broadway Malyan were appointed to design the Isis development as a, "stunning gateway to New Islington, Manchester's Millennium Community."  It provides 541 apartments, retail and leisure units and secure car parking underneath a podium, which will create a private garden area.  It features a striking 21 storey tower.

The overall development of New Islington remains very much a work in progress as of February 2011.  It appears that large portions of the masterplan have either been postponed or cancelled since the onset of the economic downturn.  Whilst the upper floors of the tower show evidence that the apartments are occupied, the ground floor still looks quite empty with just the one retail occupant.

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