The Cardroom Estate was a deprived community just to the east of Manchester’s city centre that was suffering from depopulation and a lack of shops and services. In a plan drawn up by Alsop Architects, Urban Splash are completely redeveloping and rebranding the area as New Islington. The new community will eventually boast 1400 new homes. For this development of 23 social housing units, FAT have worked closely with the residents to make a strong urban street frontage using conventional construction techniques and incorporating symbolic references to the idea of home. The dwellings were designed to Lifetime Homes standards and achieve an EcoHomes rating of ‘ excellent ’ . The units are a mixture of two bedroom fl ats and three or four bedroom houses laid out in two parallel terraces with private gardens in between.