08 April 2003

Foster and Partners and developers Urban Splash today released the first image of their new apartment development in Altrincham, Manchester. The development will create nearly 300 apartments on a brown-field site in Manchester a combination of new buildings and converted industrial buildings. The concept will make the most of the potential qualities of this waterside location and reinforce the residential character of the Woodfield Road. The project consists mostly of small one and two-bedroom apartments arranged in pairs of split-level section apartments one above the other, each entered from a mid-level access gallery.

Two stepped blocks rising to seven stories mark the transition between the low-rise housing scale on Woodfield Road and the larger scale industrial units north of the canal. Each block is folded around a tall and narrow entrance courtyard, which contains all vertical circulation in the form of open stairs, lifts, and galleries that lead to the front doors of the flats.

The stepped section of the compact 60-70m2 flats provides a generous living room of one-and-a-half storey height with full-height windows and a terrace. Single-level bedrooms are arranged above and below the access gallery and face towards the courtyard. At ground level there are single level one-bedroom apartments which are suitable for disabled and elderly users. At roof level there are larger two and three-bedroom penthouses with large south facing roof terraces. The rounded ends of the blocks cantilever out over the canal and consist of tall, single-level flats.

The aim is to achieve a high building quality through repetition and pre-fabrication. Exposed pre-cast curved concrete slabs form the ceilings of the flats and create thermal mass. They also contain short horizontal service runs in a hollow floor zone. A semi-basement garage will be constructed under the entire site to accommodate 293 cars.

Credits

Client
Urban Splash Group

Construction Manager
Urban Splash Ltd

Quantity Surveyor
Simon Fenton Partnership

Structural Engineers
Martin Stockley Associates

Consultant - MEP
BDSP Partnership

Landscape Architects
Townshend Landscape Architects

M+E Engineers
Cegelec Ltd

Traffic Consultant
Faber Maunsell

Acoustic Consultant
R W Gregory LLP

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Further Information

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Katy Harris
Partner, Head of Communications
Foster + Partners

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