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New Islington Social Housing Phase II Competition: Winner Announcement


10 January 2005

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De Metz has been selected as the winning team following an architectural competition for the second phase of social housing at Manchester's Millennium Community, New Islington.
The competition, organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of the New Islington Client Group, led by Manchester Methodist Housing Group (MMHG) and the residents, selected a shortlist of six architects following an open call for expressions of interests. The shortlisted teams then made presentations to the judging panel which included all the project stakeholders together with representatives from the local residents.
The full shortlist was: Riches Hawley Mikhail; Studio Egret West; De Metz; Ash Sakula; Sarah Wigglesworth; Alison Brooks.
"I am delighted that de Metz were chosen for the project. They clearly demonstrated the spirit of the Alsop framework plan and really won the residents over," said Matthew Harrison, deputy chief executive, MMHG.
Julian De Metz said: "We believe the New Islington masterplan creates an exciting model for development in the UK. It's inherently democratic, both in the way designers are selected and in the development of schemes directly with local communities whilst encouraging design excellence. We're delighted to be part of such a pioneering approach".
The project, known at present as Piercy Street, is to provide between 20-25 homes for rent by social landlords, MMHG.
Following the successful consultation process undertaken by FAT for the first phase of social housing, which is currently under construction at New Islington, de Metz will spend the next few months in discussions with the residents to work up the designs.
"This is another exciting step forward on the journey to New Islington, "said Nick Johnson, director of development, Urban Splash. "We are already on site with the FAT scheme and de Metz will bring another new and bold dimension to the project."
The New Islington Client Group recently announced that Taylor Woodrow and shedkm Architects have been appointed to develop one part of the New Islington site, it is expected that a planning application will be submitted in early 2005.
New Islington Millennium Community is one of seven Millennium Communities managed by English Partnerships as part of a national programme. New Islington will be the subject of a special fringe event at the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit (30 January – 2 February 05) at Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester from 1.30pm until 3.30pm on Tuesday 1 February 2005.

Notes to editors

- The New Islington Client group comprises Urban Splash, English Partnerships, Manchester City Council, New East Manchester and Manchester Methodist Housing Group.
- The Millennium Communities Programme was initiated in 1997 with the launch of the design competition for the Greenwich Millennium Village. A range of different types of sites have been chosen to demonstrate that energy efficient, environmentally responsible development is achievable regardless of geographic location. These are Greenwich, South London; Allerton Bywater, near Leeds; New Islington, Ancoats, East Manchester; South Lynn, King's Lynn East Anglia; East Ketley, Telford; Oakgrove, Milton Keynes and Hastings, East Sussex. One of the main objectives of the Programme is to influence the house building industry and to encourage higher standards of innovation and energy efficiency. It also aims to deliver 6,000 homes by 2010. Each Millennium Community Project will need to meet environmental standards for its dwellings that are more exacting than current regulations. For example, the aim is to reduce the energy used in constructing homes by 50 per cent; the amount of water consumed in them by 20 per cent and the levels of waste disposed in them by 50 per cent. House builders involved in the projects will be encouraged to use innovative and energy efficient construction methods and materials, so the programme can also deliver viable innovations that can be adopted by volume house builders in the mainstream housing market.
For Further Information Please Contact
Lisa Ashurst, communications manager, Urban Splash on 0161 839 2999 or lisaashurst@urbansplash.co.uk


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