Islington Wharf Phase 2, Ancoats

Contemporary luxury homes in an attractive waterside location


Eric Wright Construction has been employed on the Islington Wharf Mews scheme after the initial contractor went into administration to carry out remedial works to this attractive waterside development.

Islington Wharf Mews is designed around a mews-style network of shared streets and spaces, comprising of 30 contemporary apartments, both one and two beds, and 16 modern town houses with private gardens.

Many homes have private secluded spaces including canal side decks, roof terraces and balconies as well as access to a central shared garden at the heart of the development.

This environmentally sensitive scheme presents an alternative to the high rise schemes of the city centre and rivals the suburbs – offering a choice of homes with ample space both inside and out – but with all the convenience that city living brings. Its unusual mix of house types and layouts, combined with shared spaces and streets, will create a sense of community from the outset for this small but perfectly formed new neighbourhood.

Works undertaken by Eric Wright Construction include remedial works to the M&E, façade & windows, roof, new brickwork façade, timber frame and internal finishes.

ccs-score   40/50 Considerate Constructors score

Key Challenges

The project presented several key challenges as the scheme involves major defect rectification works, some which was uncovered after commencing on site. The nature of the project is sensitive, with the apartment residents having a keen interest in the works.

Communication has been key to resolving these challenges, both with the client and the interested stakeholders, with regular meetings, newsletters and updates throughout the project.

A further challenge involved the location of the site, within the city centre and adjacent to occupied residential buildings and a canal. Careful planning, logistics and phasing have been implemented to overcome these challenges along with techniques for reducing noise and dust.

Added Value

EWC has offered improvements to the building to improve the usability and life expectancy of the building for the end user. For example, changes to the windows to retain the original features but also improve performance.

We have further added value through offering site visits to students from UCLan, and a 2 week work placement through CITB.

The site team have also been careful in removing kitchens and appliances and where possible donated these to a local charity.

We have implemented rigorous quality inspection and testing procedures to ensure this project is completed to the highest possible quality standards.

Client Feedback

“The principal drivers behind the scheme were the canal location, the historical context and a housing mix aimed at recreating family houses in an urban situation. The mews space will be full of character and charm and is imagined as a sanctuary space in which a community can thrive; a space which can be personalised in time.”
Henry McKeown