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Project Orange picks up Tutti Frutti 'bookend'
Published: 10 June 2008 11:02 Author: Richard Waite More by this Author Last Updated: 10 June 2008 11:03 Reader Responses

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Project Orange has won the competition to design the first 'bookend' building for the Tutti Frutti 'pick'n'mix' development in New Islington, Manchester (on the site of the pink block shown at the right of the image).
The London-based practice saw off Featherstone Associates, Mole Architects and Maurice Shapero to land the project next to the proposed 26-home residential scheme, which is modelled on Amsterdam's famous Borneo Sporenburg island.

A second 'bookend' building will be commissioned once all the plots have been built. However, only six of the canalside homes have received planning so far (AJ 28.05.08) and the eventual timescale for completion, given the current financial climate, is still unknown.

Project Orange's competition-winning proposal will house a number of family homes above a ground floor café and has been described as a 'striking structure' which will complement the 'array of homes alongside it'.

Those homes include designs by FKDA Architects, Studio Verna; Glas Architects and Sheppard Robson.

Unlike the other plots, which have been bought from Urban Splash by developer/architect teams, Urban Splash intends to build Project Orange's scheme itself and, once finished, will then decide whether to sell or rent out the building.

Explaining the jury's decision to appoint Project Orange, Richard Hattan of Urban Splash said: 'This will be one of the smaller plots in New Islington, but also one of the most visible, with views across the water.

'We therefore wanted a building which made the most of its setting. Project Orange demonstrated some exciting conceptual ideas, which we look forward to developing with them over the coming months.'
Author: Richard Waite.

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here is a scan from a magazine about tutti fruiti, shows the architects details for the first 5 houses. Does that mean that only 5 plots were sold in the competition.
The comp sounded great, but who in the right mind would pay 100k for a tiny plot with no garden in a rundown area. New islington is still half social housing.
Once these are built, they will have cost around 1/2 million. its a far cry from Disbury:)

PS. Ive heard on the grape vine that Urban Splash have laid a few people off lately.

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Does the 160 grand include the price of the build?
No. I looked at this a while ago. The cost is for the land + some “Expertise”.

So on the face of it, the plots are massively over-priced.
There are a number of similarly sized plots within the city, costing around £140 per square foot. These come in at an eye-watering £225 /sqft ! ... in ancoats.

The logistics of having potentially dozens of self builders on site at the same also poses a head-ache shall we say.
.. plus Urban Splash submit planning in groups of about 6, so if one design fails planning, all 6 builders will have to wait until the group application is accepted - which could introduce massive delays, palaver, and expense.
A nice idea, but not for the faint hearted !

10th February 2008
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BBC2 commissions Manchester regeneration show

Friday, 04 July 2008

The BBC has commissioned a 4 part series looking at the regeneration of a terraced street in Manchester.

Given the working title, Street of Dreams, the project will follow six people who are building unique homes on the same street.

Manchester property developer Urban Splash sold the canal-side plots in a competition and the show will challenge the winners to come up with the most original buildings.

Roly Keating and Lisa Edwards commissioned the show for BBC2 from Leeds-based indie Yap Films .

The 4 sixty minute shows will go out in 2010, once the projects are completed.

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The 4 sixty minute shows will go out in 2010, once the projects are completed.

Thread bump with no news :eek:hno: :eek:hno:

Looking at that funding for the public realm, which includes 'improvements to Tutti Frutti public areas', got me thinking about this, and what position the potential owner/developers of those first six houses are in...

From that initial £160k pricing per plot, these are the current prices on the Urban Splash site, although how up to date it is???
S : 4m wide x 15m deep: £88,000
M :4.5m wide x 15m deep: £99,000
L : 5m wide x 15m deep: £110,000

anyway, here's a little reminder of what is/was planned,

those initial few houses,

and the bookend building,

To complete this development, a 'bookend' building is proposed for the western end of the terrace overlooking the canal, completing the row and becoming an iconic symbol for this unique project. Project Orange was appointed to design this building by Urban Splash following a competition. The brief was to provide some commercial use for the lower storeys, and for family residential accommodation above. The scheme is intended as a cluster of glossy, exciting and individual objects that interlock in a three dimensional expression of the separate homes making up the street.

Tutti Frutti Phase 1, New Islington Road, Ancoats, Manchester. M4 6HF

Erection of a terrace of 6 dwellings with a maximum height of 6 storeys with ancillary landscaping and roof gardens, associated car parking for 30 cars and new access from New Islington Road

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I'd be surprised if any of those are still live. The chaps developing the white modernist style house posted on here that they have withdrawn due to lack of progress. Their architects, FKDA have sadly gone bust too.

Perhaps the public realm investment will give the entire development renewed impetus.

It is disappointing that given the amount of public investment sunk into this site that US have not been able to push on at a greater pace.

10th February 2008
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Urban Splash to replace Tutti Frutti with modular family homes

15 March, 2012 | By Richard Waite

Regeneration expert and urban developer Urban Splash has chosen the former Tutti Frutti site in Manchester for its first foray into mass house building.

The AJ can reveal that Shedkm, which was set up by Urban Splash’s chief executive Jonathan Falkingham, has already won permission for a 44-home scheme on the canalside New Islington plot and construction work on the first eight homes could start in weeks.

The customisable two to three-storey family houses, which can be given different facades and layouts, will replace the much-publicised Tutti Frutti self-build terrace proposals.

Back in 2008, Urban Splash won planning permission for an initial phase of six homes, part of wider plans for 26 plots, each designed by a team of competition-winning architects led by the homeowner. The project stalled when the recession hit, but these new plans could revive the site.

Speaking to the AJ at MIPIM, directors Tom Bloxham and Nick Johnson said the move into housing was partly inspired by the lack of liquidity in the market.

‘You don’t need the full funding in place to build houses, as we would with an [apartment scheme] like Chips. You need the land, but then you can build in phases,’ said Johnson.

Bloxham added that the Manchester-based developer was well-placed to meet a growing gap in the housing market.

He said: ‘80 per cent of people don’t want to buy a new house. That shows how much of a problem there is with the current housing under development.’

Bloxham said if the company moved into housing, its space standards would be more generous than other house builders, and offer unique yet accessible designs. Planning documents show Shedkm has taken a pattern-book approach to the houses.

Urban Splash will be bolstered by news this week that the government is rolling out its mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme, which the industry believes could result in 100,000 extra new home sales. Under the scheme, buyers of new-build properties will only need a down payment of five per cent.
Stephen Chance of Chance de Silva, one of the original architects on the Tutti Frutti scheme, said: ‘It’s no surprise Urban Splash has revised the masterplan. We were pressing for this even at the time of our involvement.

‘[However] from a personal point of view, it seems a shame that they have combined two sites on that peninsular and not offered any opportunity to the people who put such a lot into Tutti Frutti.’

Bloxham responded by saying that the Tutti Frutti model, similar to Amsterdam’s famous Borneo Sporenburg island, was not yet dead and could yet be resurrected elsewhere in New Islington. He said: ‘We are keen to revive Tutti Frutti if there is a demand for it and we do have a potential site nearby.’

The practices chosen to design the initial stages of Tutti Frutti in May 2008 were: FKDA Architects; Studio Verna; Glas Architects; Sheppard Robson; Chance de Silva Architects; and Roberta Haslam and Richard Daw.
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