Manchester Life – New Union Street

dBx Acoustics is working with contractor John Sisk & Son on the design and construction of 302 rental apartments on a site adjacent to the marina in New Islington, Manchester. The client is Manchester Life.


dBx supported Sisk in their successful tender for the project, and have worked with the contractor to develop appropriate specifications for party walls and floors, facade elements, building services noise control and reverberation control. We also carried out a comprehensive noise survey around the site to confirm assumptions made during the early design stages.

Our work in reviewing and refining the acoustic design of the project ensures that the client’s aspirations for a high quality development, exceeding the requirements of Approved Document E, will be met – but offering significant cost savings compared to the original design which was issued to the tendering contractors.

The development will feature three buildings of one, two and three bed apartments with landscaped surroundings and communal spaces, interconnecting terraces, 128 parking spaces, and two retail or food & beverage outlets along the marina-side public walkway.

New Union Street is the first of six development sites within Phase One of the Manchester Life initiative, which in total will see more than 900 predominantly privately rented homes developed in East Manchester, helping to meet ever growing demand for high quality accommodation in the city, and establishing Ancoats and New Islington as one of the city’s most vibrant and attractive neighbourhoods.

Work started on site in November 2015 and is expected to complete in late 2017.