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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Manchester Methodist Housing Association scoops design award

Manchester Methodist Housing Association part of Great Places Housing Group has won a prestigious award for its housing for rent development in east Manchester.

The Piercy Street scheme, the second phase of social housing in New Islington, Manchester's Millennium Community, was announced as a Project winner at The Housing Design Awards 2006, which aim to promote excellence and sustainability in home design.

Developed by MMHA, the 14 homes have been designed by de Metz Forbes Knight Architects Ltd in close consultation with MMHA and the residents who will eventually live in the homes.

The houses, funded by MMHA and with 1.4m Social Housing Grant from The Housing Corporation, are based on a traditional terrace, and are a mixture of one and two-storey buildings featuring private front and rear courtyards and a choice of two and three bedroom properties.

Work started on site in April 2006, and is expected to be complete by Spring 2007.

The homes, which have achieved an EcoHomes rating of Excellent, are part of New Islington, Manchester's Millennium Community, which in turn is one of English Partnerships' seven Millennium Communities.

New Islington is a partnership between national regeneration agency English Partnerships, Urban Splash and New East Manchester Ltd together with appointed social landlord, Manchester Methodist Housing Association.

The 29 acre site, in New East Manchester on the edge of the city centre is being radically transformed to a strategic and ambitious vision created by Will Alsop. A new canal and water park, 1734 new homes, office space, a school, a health clinic, shops, bars and restaurants are planned to be created, using the worlds best architecture.

The Housing Design Awards are sponsored by the Government's Department for Communities and Local Government and were presented by Secretary of State Ruth Kelly in London. They are promoted by the National House-Building Council, Royal Institute of British Architecture and the Royal Town Planning Institute.