Islington Wharf

Hello Islington Wharf

Posted by: James on: October 9, 2010

Welcome to the resident’s portal to all information regarding the place you live and the surrounding areas. We hope to be the central hub of information between you, the residents committee, GVA Grimley and ISIS. As well as providing up to date information on what is going on at Islington Wharf, we aim at getting a community going within the development.

For those of you with bikes

Posted by: James on: October 4, 2012

Manchester City Council are planning to create an unrestricted, free to access, 10.5km mountain bike trail network within Clayton Vale Local Nature Reserve, together with the provision of a skills area and pump track within Philips Park, and two wash down areas within the car park of the National Cycling Centre, where the trail network starts and ends. The proposals will provide new and enhanced facilities for mountain bike users of varying abilities.

The 10.5km of trail network will create a formal network of off-road cycle trails that allow for a progression of rider skills and caters for novices and families, through to experienced mountain bike riders. There will be a 1.5km of fully accessible trails suitable for off road wheelchairs, the rest of the trails will be new, purpose built off road mountain bike trails.

The proposed skills area and pump track in Philips Park will be used to hone mountain bike riding skills in a controlled environment, which can then be used on the wider trail network within Clayton Vale.

Display boards with the trail design and other information have been placed at the National Cycling Centre and Clayton Vale Visitors Centre.

On Friday the 5,12 and 19 of October from 9.30am to 12.30pm, an officer will be based at Clayton Vale Visitors Centre to talk through the plans and take away any comments you may have.

For more info please see the Bike Trail FAQ

Ancoats School Moves 1 step closer to reality

Posted by: James on: July 13, 2012

Thank you for previously expressing interest in The New Islington Free School.

We are delighted to let you know that the Secretary of State has announced today that plans for a free school in New Islington have moved on to the next stage. Full details are available on the school’s website:

VivID Reopens with a warm welcome….

Posted by: James on: March 28, 2012

If you were around Islington Wharf on Sunday you may have noticed that VivID Lounge has reopened. With the help of some good weather and great food, Islington Wharf was full of life and community. The new owners have done a fantastic job and have got some great ideas to not only growing the business, but to help foster the community in and around Islington Wharf.

Who got their tasty cup cake invite? Or some of sublime free BBQ on Sunday? If you did! Get commenting and reposting, and let’s get this place off to the best start possible!

Ones thing’s for sure, were in for a tasty, atmosphere filled summer here at Islington Wharf!

The last weekend dining club (March)

Posted by: Ian Forrester on: February 25, 2012


Date: Sunday 11th March – 3pm
Location: The Northern Quarter Restaurant & Bar, 108 High Street, NQ, Manchester, M4 1HQ

Manchester’s best independent restaurant serving fresh locally sourced produce accompanied by fine wines in a relaxed environment.

Don’t forget to sign up on the forums or facebook

Manchester Grammar School – one of the country’s oldest and best-performing schools – will help start an inner city ‘free school’ for state pupils. The school has recently revealed its vision for building a state primary in Ancoats.

Staff at the New Islington Free School would managed by senior MGS teachers, who would also play a big part in how the curriculum is set. The 210-place primary is a joint project between award-winning developers Urban Splash, Manchester Grammar and Manchester council. Part of a new government initiative allowing parents and organisations to set up their own schools. Successful applicants get building cash and annual state funding.

Chris Ray, High Master of MGS, said the proposed primary would not be a ‘clone’ of the 500-year-old school but would share its ‘commitment to excellence.’
As part of the tie-in, art, science, music, and language teachers from the exclusive school will also visit the primary to run specialist lessons. And musicians from the Halle Orchestra , who currently help tutor students at MGS, will also carry out music lessons with primary students.

Three priority catchments have been identified; the residential area immediately surrounding the School in New Islington, the residential areas immediately adjacent to New Islington and children of commuters who work in the city centre.

A two-acre plot at the heart of the development has been earmarked as the ideal location for a new school, across the canal from Royal Mills, just behind the electrical clearence centre. But for the scheme to progress, they must get enough interest from families by February. Those interested in sending their children to the new school need to register their interest over the internet at the Urban Splash website before 23 February 2012. To register your interest visit

More Info below

What is the location and admissions policy for the New Islington Free School?
Please refer to our location page to see a map and excerpt from the draft admissions policy for the School.

What is the age range of the intake?
Primary ages 4 to 11 (Reception to Year 6).

Is the School for both boys and girls?

Will there be an academic selection process?
The School will be a comprehensive (non-selective on academic grounds) in its intake.

How many children will be in each class and allocated teaching staff?
There will be a maximum of 30 children in each class, with a teacher and teaching assistant.

How many children will be in each class?
There will be no more than 30 children in each class.

What will be the adult/child ratio in the classroom?
There will be one Form Teacher and one Teaching Assistant for each class.

What will MGS’s educational leadership bring to the School?
MGS will bring its educational vision and ethos to New Islington Free School. It will establish a broad-based curriculum that encourages every girl and boy to fulfil their potential. There will be close contact between the schools at all levels allowing New Islington Free School to benefit from the resources and expertise available at MGS.

Will New Islington Free School have an extended day?
‘Wrap-around care’ will be available between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. There will be a charge for this facility.

Will the School premises be available for community use?
The School’s facilities will be made available for community use but details are not available yet.

Will New Islington Free School have Early Years provision (a nursery facility)?
There will be no Early Years provision initially at New Islington Free School. However, depending upon demand, this may be considered at a later date.

Will New Islington Free School be a private school?
No; New Islington Free School will be a state school funded in full by the Department for Education.

Will New Islington Free School be an independent school?
Yes; all Free Schools are independent of state or local authority control.

Who will be responsible for the way New Islington Free School operates?
New Islington Free School will be set-up and run by a not-for-profit company that will become an exempt educational charity. The Directors of that company will form the Board of Governors of the School and will be responsible for the operation of the School

New Development

Posted by: James on: January 13, 2012

You may have noticed that land across from Islington Wharf/Albion Works is being developed. This site is to be a new Mixed use development which includes 150 bedroom Etap Hotel and 20,000 sqft Office with new public realm. When finished it will hopefully attract further investment and new retail to the area.

New Resident Surgeries

Posted by: James on: January 10, 2012

As part of a new initiative to engage more people within Islington Wharf, the Residents Committee will be running monthly meeting to talk about what matters to you,

The main ideas are to talk about issues that concern us all, share information, allow the committee to better represent the residents and feedback information from ISIS and GVA meetings.
The first meeting will be held at the health Centre just behind Islington Wharf and is open to all residents. Join us Thursday 12th January, 6pm to 8pm.

It’s also a good chance to meet others who you might have only seen around and we might even have tea and biscuits. So please come along.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Autumn BBQ

Posted by: James on: November 7, 2011

Islington Wharf Social Committee is to host one of its first big resident events in the form of BBQ. Its open to all Islington Wharf Residents and we look forward to you all coming and getting involved. Meet your neighbours over a few drinks and some great hot bbq food.

It takes place on Thursday 10th November downstairs in VivID lounge from 6pm till 11pm

•The event will be sponsored by ISIS
•VivID Lounge will be hosting the event and are looking forward to seeing you all there
•There will be free Food and it will be BBQ style (dependent on the weather of course)
•There will be a small amount of money put behind the bar for Drinks thanks to ISIS
•The event will be open to all residents and a small group of friends of Islington Wharf
•You will need to register either at the Facebook event –
•People can invite friends but they need to register too

Sunday night Tapas at Evuna – 30th October

Posted by: Ian Forrester on: October 22, 2011

Welcome back to the new look Last Friday club. To kick the event off again, we’re starting at Evuna Taps Bar & Restaurant.

Evuna is a great Spanish Restaurant at the Castlefield end of Deansgate with a great selection of Spanish wines and there Chorizo is not to be missed…

Were looking to get there about 6:30pm and I expect we should be done by 9pm.

Instead of the usual last Friday thing, we’re moving it to Sunday evening with a selection of Tapas.

So keep Sunday 30th October free and don’t forget to sign up to the Facebook event or add a comment…

The 3rd Manchester Last Friday Dining Club

Posted by: James on: May 28, 2011

Well we had another fantastic night out as part of the Last Friday Dinner Club with a great attendance of 23 people. This month it was all about good food and fun, and I think everyone agreed the food was great and as you can tell from the videos it was certainly fun.

Most people joined in this and although having potato flung at you is a little random when sitting down for a meal, it was a laugh and boosted the atmosphere. Was good to see everyone from Islington Wharf joining in.

This was followed by a little showman ship at the grill and with the food, passing the time while we waited for food to be cooked.

I hope next month’s gathering is even bigger and we have just as much fun. To register you’re interesting in joining such events send an mail to me and will but you on the mailing list.