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Timber Wharf

Glenn Howells Architects © Joan Blencowe Photography
Competition | Past

​Timber Wharf

The brief was to create a new housing type capable of being mass produced, using modern building techniques on a realistic budget to challenge the preconceived notions of volume house building.

Open Housing

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, Timber Wharf is a spectacular new-build scheme that has set new standards for contemporary, affordable housing in North West England.

The site lies within a predominantly industrial area. It sits at the junction of three distinct areas: Hulme, Castlefield; and Pomona, connected through to Salford Quays and Manchester Ship Canal.

Competitors were asked to design a scheme that responded to the emerging needs of the 21st century purchaser, that was clearly contemporary, but that could be built at prices that volume housing developers achieve on suburban estates.

Following an anonymous judging process, chaired by Lord Rogers, Glenn Howells Architects was awarded first prize. The site layout was simple with a refined integration of elegant landscape and a good contextual relationship with the adjacent buildings.

Timber Wharf was Urban Splash's first ever new build project and the ground floor remains as the head office of Urban Splash, with the upper floors being residential.

Hear more about the competition process from Tom Bloxham MBE, Director, Urban Splash Ltd

"We consider the competition to have been a great success and recognise the enormous amount of effort RIBA Competitions put in - your organisation and efficiency was impressive."
Nick Johnson, Ex-Director, Urban Splash Ltd

  • National Home Builder Design Awards 2005 - Best Brownfield Development
  • Civic Trust Awards 2004 - Commendation
  • CABE, House Builders Federation and Civic Trust Awards 2003 - Building for Life Standard (Silver)
  • Concrete Society Awards 2003 - Certificate of Excellence, Building Category
  • Housing Design Awards 2003
  • RIBA Awards 2003
  • National Home Builder Design Awards 2003 - Best Apartment Building
  • Blueprint Architecture Award 2002 - Best Residential Building (Finalist)
  • Housing Design Award 2000
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