Ancoats and New Islington are two areas that sit on the north eastern fringe of Manchester city centre. Identified for development, as Manchester continues to grow as a living city; we have working with the City Council and the HCA to undertake a study and create guidance for the design and place-making principles to be applied to new development in the area.
Both areas were developed as a result of the industrial revolution, Ancoats as a tightly grained, mixed use district with a grid street pattern and many large mill complexes; New Islington as a more organic collection of mill workers’ terraced housing, warehouses and workshops.
Each area suffered decline as the areas’ traditional industries became uncompetitive and the areas were left as pale shadows of their former selves by the late 20th century.
Buttress have been working with retail development specialist CF Commercial to establish a series of urban design strategies for the area focusing. By focusing on the strategic location for business and retail at ground floor a catalyst is established which helps establish and reinforce primary pedestrian routes into and through the area, with adjacent public realm that animate the spaces and provides amenity for the local and adjacent neighbourhood communities.
The study is a place-making and positioning piece that will help establish this new and distinctive urban quarter, adding the next layer to Manchester’s successful strategy of place-making and building communities.