FIRST-STEP and Cotton Square - Not Run of The Mill


I am proud to have recently launched our exciting new development, Cotton Square, which is available to purchase through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

At FIRST-STEP we specialise in urban design-led place-making. Working with our experienced team and partners, FIRST-STEP proudly focus on quality and innovation. We are fiercely independent; seeking to inspire, and be inspired by, the people and communities we serve. We deliver unique developments like Cotton Square, which is certainly not run of the mill.

FIRST-STEP’s Cotton Square boasts 23 unique apartments and townhouses, all two to three bedrooms in size. The development even includes a new neighbourhood pub and a ‘secret Victorian Street’ for residents to enjoy.

Cotton Square is situated in the heart of Manchester’s most dynamic and developing area; the hip urban village of Ancoats. Taking its name from the area’s rich textile mill heritage, the development will fuse cool industrial design with light airy spaces and roof terraces; to relax and enjoy the views across the city and beyond.

Embracing the old as well as the new, these will be highly energy efficient dwellings, helping to save plenty of pennies in energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

Cotton Square is more than just a place to live; it is also a place to work and play. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the diverse opportunities on offer in Ancoats; Manchester’s most emerging location. Revamped canals and squares have a renewed sense of place and Ancoats is blossoming into a destination for quality culture, food and drink. Right on Cotton Square’s doorstep is Cutting Room Square, a hub for cultural and community events, featuring the Halle St Peters and Hope Mill Theatres, as well as one of the best pizzerias in Manchester, Rudy’s.

Cotton Square is the perfect place for families, offering a unique environment in which to raise young children. For instance, just five minutes’ walk will bring you to the newly built New Islington Free School, which is currently rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

No car? In this city centre setting, getting around is not a problem. All major transport interchanges, such as Manchester Piccadilly and Shudehill, are just a short stroll away. Trams, buses, coaches and trains are all within close proximity.

Cotton Square is where the old meets the new. Celebrating Ancoats’ rich heritage with sensitive restoration where possible, whilst embracing cutting edge technology and contemporary design. Buyers will be blown away by Cotton Square’s heritage, quality of design and all that Ancoats has to offer.

Construction starts late 2016 with homes available for living in late 2017.