Friday, 30 August 2013

The Point, New Islington, Manchester

McCaul Developments have just released the first apartments for sale at The Point, New Islington, Manchester, and several have already sold.  Phase One of the development includes 23 apartments and twelve canal houses while Phase 2, which has recently received Planning Permission, will add a further 81 units.

CB3 Design are pleased to be working with McCaul on this prestigious development.  We have produced technical drawing packages and continue to assist McCaul through the construction stages of the project.  The £16 million development provides contemporary, high specification homes on the banks of the Rochdale Canal in what is quickly becoming one of the most distinctive and diverse neighbourhoods in Manchester.

McCaul’s has secured approval for the government-backed ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. Prospective buyers may be eligible to apply for the scheme, which enables first-time buyers and existing homeowners to buy a property with a five per cent deposit and up to a 20 per cent equity loan.

The Point, New Islington, Manchester, residential development, artists impression of apartment block

The Point, New Islington, Manchester, residential development, artists impression of apartment block

Shop online for Shelter

The shopping you do online could help Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.  

Shelter Shopper is a free browser app which, whenever you shop online at retailers such as Amazon, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's and thousands more, generates a donation to Shelter at no extra cost to you.

Your next weekly shop, music or clothes purchase could help Shelter to provide support for more people when they need it most.  There is no need to change your shopping habits: just download the app onto your desktop computer or laptop, and whenever you use your usual search engine Shelter Shopper will show in red which retailers are offering the charity donations.

Download Shelter Shopper here.  Happy shopping!

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Walton Locks, Warrington, progress report

Our Walton Locks project with David Wilson Homes is progressing well.  The site, comprising of 250 units ranging from 2 bed to 4 bed family houses, sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Apartment blocks C and D are now fully complete and occupied while apartment block E is currently nearing completion.  Planning Approval has also been recently obtained for the remaining apartment blocks and for revised houses.

CB3 Design were initially appointed to prepare revised Planning Applications for two apartment blocks and several houses on the site.  We were able to prepare a scheme that added commercial value for the client, yet in the form of a site responsive solution which reflects the context of the site and helps to create a real sense of place.

Further work has included the redesign and master-planning of approximately half of the site to create a development with improved public realm, more presence and connection to the waterfront, linear park and the Trans-Pennine trail which runs through the site.  We have gone on to prepare technical drawings and provide on-site support.  We are currently preparing construction packages for the blocks which are being constructed on a rolling programme.

Sales details are available from the David Wilson Homes website.

Walton Locks, Warrington, residential development for David Wilson homes. Aerial photo, site plan, artists impression and photograph of built housing.

Government consults on minimum housing space standards

The UK Government is inviting views on a national minimum space standard as part of its’ current review of Building Standards. The consultation is being promoted as part of moves to streamline the welter of housing standards and regulations facing house builders.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said the administration was inviting views on “minimum space and access standards that would allow councils to seek bigger homes to meet local needs, including those of older and disabled people”.

Essential safety and accessibility rules will not be changed, DCLG stressed, but a mass of additional and often confusing housing standards that councils are free to apply locally – creating a patchwork of different standards – are proposed to be reduced. 

London is currently the only area in the UK with minimum space standards. The Government’s proposals, now out for consultation, involve scrapping more than 90 per cent of the existing standards – cutting them down from more than 100 to fewer than 10.