New Islington

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Coordinates: 53°28′56″N 2°13′24″W / 53.4823°N 2.2233°W / 53.4823; -2.2233

New Islington
Will Alsop's Chips development, New Islington, and lock 2 on the Ashton Canal.
New Islington is located in Greater Manchester
New Islington
New Islington
 New Islington shown within Greater Manchester
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New Islington is an inner city area of Manchester, in North West England. Historically in Lancashire and part of Ancoats, it has taken a separate identity to reflect its changed status as a regeneration area.


The name "New Islington" appeared on the 1840 Ordnance Survey map and there is also a street bearing the name.[1] However, the name for the area fell out of usage. From its attempted regeneration in the 1970s to its current redevelopment it was known as the Cardroom Estate. It was one of several millennium village projects around seeking to regenerate inner-city areas. The name New Islington was also the local residents' choice of name for the area when the prospect of regeneration was raised.

New Islington is one of the seven Millennium Communities Programme areas. Funding for the area was secured in 2002 and property developers Urban Splash have been at the forefront of developments including the Chips building.

New Islington is bounded by Great Ancoats Street (west), New Union Street and New Islington (north-east), Weybridge Road (east) and Pollard Street (south). The area is now served by New Islington Metrolink station, adjacent to Pollard Street. The stop opened in February 2013.

In 2007, coinciding with the regeneration of the area, the Ancoats Primary Care Centre was opened on Old Mill Street.[2] The New Islington Medical Practice operates in the centre. The Grade II listed Ancoats Dispensary is also situated on Old Mill Street. The building became the centre of a dispute between re-developers Urban Splash, who wanted to demolish it, and campaigners fighting to save it. The Dispensary was spared demolition in 2013.[3]

Planning permission has been submitted to build the New Islington Free School in the area. The primary school, currently running in a temporary location, would have a permanent school building consisting of 14 classrooms if planning permission is granted.[4] The school is operated by Manchester Grammar School and supported by Manchester City Council.[4]

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  1. ^ "Living in New Islington". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ancoats Primary Care Centre". Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Ancoats Dispensary given 'final chance' to secure restoration funding". BBC. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b Richard Wheatstone (2014-01-30). "City free school team submit plans for 420-pupil permanent base". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 

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