Timber Wharf


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Won in an international competition against 162 entries and backed by English Partnerships, Timber Wharf used innovative construction methods to provide low-cost homes and generous public spaces for the dynamic Castlefield area.

GHA’s rational cross-wall and slab configuration used high quality pre-cast concrete and was the result of collaborative research with engineers and manufacturers. The rigorous 6 metre grid framing became the defining identity for the project and demonstrated how housing can respond to the area’s established industrial aesthetic.

At ground floor, adaptable duplex units can be used as residential, retail or office space.

"We have worked with Glenn Howells Architects on a number of projects in Manchester and Birmingham. Our decision to work with Glenn Howells is based on their rational thinking, desire to achieve modern designs and their eagerness to try out new ideas. I am very proud of the buildings Glenn Howells Architects have designed for Urban Splash."

Tom Bloxham


RIBA Regional Award 2003
Housing Design Award 2003
Housing Design Award 2000
Concrete Society Award 2003
National Home Builder Design Award 2005
National Home Builder Design Award 2003

Below: Site plan and Levels 8 and 9