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.

Public space
Urban Splash office
Urban Splash office

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, Urban Splash


National Home Builder Design Awards 2005
Best Brownfield Development

Civic Trust Awards 2004

CABE, House Builders Federation and Civic Trust Awards 2003
Building for Life Standard (Silver)
Concrete Society Awards 2003
Certificate of Excellence, Building Category

Housing Design Awards 2003
Housing Design Award

RIBA Awards 2003
Regional Award – Winner
National Home Builder Design Awards 2003
Best Apartment Building

Blueprint Architecture Award 2002
Best Residential Building (Finalist)

Housing Design Awards 2000
Housing Design Award
Ground floor