Alsop Architects, Manchester, 2009


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Alsop Architects' Chips 

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  • Alsop Architects    
  • The building’s facade features giant silk-screened lettering, spelling out the names of the region’s canals    
  • The north elevation    
  • Alsop Architects    
  • Chips    
  • Alsop Architects    
  • The north elevation    
  • Ground floor entrance    
  • The largest apartment type on the sixth, seventh and eighth floors has three bedrooms in 150m2    
  • Chips    
  • Most apartments feature folding screens    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Typical bottom chip floor plan    
  • Typical middle chip floor plan    
  • Typical top chip floor plan    
  • Long section B-B    
  • Short section A-A    
  • South elevation    
  • North elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • East elevation    
  • Masterplan    

Residential component of New Islington Estate redevelopment masterplan, orientated to align with nearby Ashton Canal

New Islington, is situated between the Ashton and Rochdale canals on the northern edge of Manchester City Centre.

Commissioned by Urban Splash in 2002, Chips was inspired by three fat chips piled on top of one another. The building comprises three equal-height, long, thin new build masses approximately 100m long by 14m wide stacked and staggered upon one another creating an elevated ground floor and eight levels comprising 142 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The building is clad in a composite wall faced with a cladding covered in newspaper print with text that echoes the industrial heritage of the Ancoats area.

The scheme achieved a BREEAM Eco-Homes Excellent rating, conforms to the Manchester Methodist Housing Trust scheme's stringent development standards and also meets the Sustainability guidelines as set out by the UK Homes and Communities agency as part of the 'millennium community' programme.


  • Begun: Jan 2006
  • Completed: Jan 2009
  • Floor area: 16,200m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £20M
  • Tender date: Nov 2005
  • Procurement: JCT management contract
  • Address: New Islington, Manchester, M4 6DL, United Kingdom

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