Top award for first time city design company

The Point in New Islington, Manchester

The Point in New Islington, Manchester

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A BUSINESS’S first venture into city centre design has landed it an award nomination.

Family-owned firm McCaul Development, from Astley, is celebrating after its work on The Point scheme in Manchester made the list of finalists in the Housing Design Awards, the country’s most prestigious prize of its kind.

The £20m scheme, based in the New Islington area of the city, consists of 117 apartments and 13 houses offering luxury canal-side living with features including rooftop gardens and a new marina.

McCaul’s achievement is all the more impressive as The Point is the only Manchester finalist in the London-based awards and one of just four developments in the north of England to be in

contention for prizes.

Director Tony McCaul said: “We are thrilled The Point has been shortlisted. We think it is a fantastic-looking scheme both inside and out. New Islington is one of the most distinctive and diverse neighbourhoods in Manchester, which is on the edge of the city but has its own village vibe.

“Our mission was to create a fantastic place to live, work and enjoy life. Its stunning waterside location overlooking the city gives it a certain degree of kudos, and like Manchester it has that wow factor.

“It is also unusual to find family houses in a bustling city centre with gardens and garages.”

Announcing the finalists, the judges said they were particularly impressed with McCaul’s use of red brick and masonry and the way the design had been prepared to ensure it would continue looking at its best into the future.

Around 300 people are expected to attend the London awards ceremony, which marks the 66th running of the competition, later this month.

The awards are organised by Design for Homes with support from a range of professional construction and landscaping bodies, the Home Builders’ Federation, the Design Council and the government. Designs are judged on a variety of factors including how they relate to the surroundings, how developers have overcome the constraints of the site, planning and infrastructure, safety and security, sustainability and the quality of building work.