It’s rare to see a city center apartment project with garden areas for residents, but that is exactly what award-winning redevelopment firm Urban Splash has created on Avro on Great Ancoats Street in Manchester.

Here the developer has converted one of Manchester’s last undeveloped Victorian mills, a beautiful, listed brick building overlooking the Rochdale Canal, which was once home to the famous airline AV Roe and where fighter jets were built. The famous artist LS Lowry was also the building’s rent collector.

The 31 homes that have now sprung up here are some of the largest on the market, with only a handful of homes left – each with over 1,000 square feet of living space.

And while there are many attractive features in these homes – brickwork, cast iron pillars, beams – there is an even more enticing view in summer – 3,000 square feet of brand new residents’ gardens.

The new space is rich in soft and hard landscaping and offers residents an inner-city oasis that contrasts sharply with the busy Ancoats outside. Anjub Ali is development manager for the building and said: “I am delighted that our work at Avro is now finished. It was a fascinating project to work on; We have unearthed so much industrial heritage and carefully restored the structure of the space without losing any of that history.

“The new gardens are the perfect complement and use the red brick facade of the building to create an oasis in the city center in the heart of Ancoats.

“The garden offers plenty of seating areas for socializing or just relaxing and is both a green area and an outdoor living area. One of the benefits of living in a residential building is the sense of community and with Avro that is enhanced by using a communal outdoor space to really bring people together. “

Completion comes as Urban Splash continues its quest to create more green spaces for more and more people who want to live in the city center without sacrificing the benefits of the suburbs. Across the street from Avro, New Islington, the company is building more single-family homes with residents’ gardens, Cotton Field Park, and the marina, and is planning another public park.

Both Avro and the New Islington houses are surrounded by bars, cafes, restaurants, good public transport links and everything that central Manchester has to offer. For more information, please visit or


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