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Flexibility the key at Islington Wharf

Three and two bedroom releases just the ticket at landmark development

Published on June 8th 2011.


Flexibility the key at Islington Wharf

Islington Wharf rises dramatically over the Ashton Canal and dominates the eastern city centre fringe.

It has a dramatic presence courtesy of the design from Broadway Malyan which includes a 21 storey tower. There’s a reason for the design too, the vertical layering reflecting the way the sandstone bedrock of Manchester is folded and shaped.

IMG_9403.JPGIt’s all about context and attention to detail, an awareness of Islington Wharf’s place in the city.

The same attention to detail is apparent in the communal spaces and sharply executed entrance areas, as well as in the fabulous rooftop communal garden over the car park. In this area you can enjoy a coffee and the papers in the soon to open VivID lounge or have friends over for a barbecue in your own back yard in the sky. The garden gives the building extra soul, a place for residents to come together.

In the flats themselves that attention to detail is again apparent in the recent series of releases – the last 26 remaining in the whole award-winning scheme. There is still a good range of apartments left with one beds with floor to ceiling glazing, 2 bed duplexes with private gardens and terraces. There are also 3 beds available some with terraces and even a 4 bed family apartment with a large private garden.

IMG_9425.JPGTake a stroll around any of these and you’ll see the fascinating external design of the building matched by the floorplans of the flats. These offer generous rooms looking out on different views of the city as they maximise the potential of the site.

Kitchen and bathroom fits are cleverly delivered and the balconies and outdoor terraces are impressive. Some of the duplex three beds move and shift between the levels with downright cunning.

The three beds are an interesting proposition:

IMG_9407.JPGAs Juliet Bayliss of agents King Sturge says, “One bedroom and two bedroom flats are common across the city. Three bedroom flats are rare. By providing them at Islington Wharf means we are attracting a real diversity of occupants including families. Having that flexibility of accommodation means we’re proving a very desirable location with people moving between the flats too as their needs change. It’s nice to have all the awards as well, this helps make the case for moving here.”

That’s the key to Islington Wharf: it feels like more of a community than so many other developments around the city. And it can only get better. Soon a Metrolink station will open outside allowing residents to easily slip into the city centre or out to MediaCity in the west or Ashton in the east.

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