There’s something new in your neighbourhood. Settled at the intersection of New Cross, New Islington and Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter, Poplin is all about sociable spaces, indoor and out.

With the city at your door, stretch out and explore everything New Cross has to offer, such as its stand-out culture, rich history and excellent transport connections.

But we know good living isn’t solely down to what you do. It’s also the place you surround yourself with.

From urban jungle to lush parkland, our residents get the best of both worlds with unhindered access to some of the city’s best-kept green spaces.

In our neighbourhood, you’re perfectly placed to live, thrive and play – whatever your working day.

Woven together.

Life's better when it's locally sourced. At Poplin, we're all about giving back to the place where we put down roots – because it feels good to do good, you know?
Hello, city centre living.
Here, you’re the centre of our Universe. Perfectly positioned on the edge of Ancoats and New Cross, Poplin is a hop, skip or even a leisurely stroll away from Manchester City Centre – with Victoria Station just minutes from your front door. Say goodbye to rush-hour slogs and crammed carriages. It’s all about morning meet-ups, lunchtime dates or cheeky last-minute shops from here on out.
Good green fun.
From the people we partner with as part of our Neighbourhood Heroes program to the place you put your feet up, we make it super-easy to be super-sustainable. With easy recycling facilities, a fully-productive garden on the roof and beautiful parkland just down the road, we’re serious about sustainability.
Community on tap.
With shops, entertainment and some of the best food and drink spots in the North (although we’re a little biased) – Poplin does social in spades. From our own beautiful roof terrace that gives you space and sights for miles to our sun-soaked atrium, meet friends old and new in the comfort of your own home. Or discover the world beyond your doorstep and explore some of the best spots in Manchester, who’ll love to welcome some of the newest – and greatest – fresh faces. Whatever you plan to do, Poplin is the place to be for good company.
Locally sourced. Gorgeously made.
We’re all about the people that make up our bustling community. That’s why we work closely with incredible independent businesses – just a stone’s throw away from our front-door. Whether that’s by working with them as Neighbourhood Heroes (more on that below) or sourcing our sustainable furniture from local artisans.
Socially responsible. As standard.
We know we have a responsibility to the people and place where we’ve built a home. That’s why we’ve curated a space that does good by the planet and the folk that live here, using sustainable and socially-conscious practices woven into the fabric of day-to-day life. The same goes for our rents, which aim to give something back to people who give so much – with 35% of our 144 units set aside for key workers at secure, lower rents. That’s because we?re all about the Bigger Picture, fuelled by affordable rents, good living and community that makes real, local change. Here at Poplin, if you plan to stay for a year – but end up here for five – that’s a win in our book. So come in, look around, make yourself at home.

Eat, drink, shop, think.

We have a network of friendly Neighbourhood Heroes who come in all shapes and sizes. Think plant-potters, keen bakers and candle-makers. Shops and bars. Indie cafes. Social spaces. Wellness treats and retreats. If you can dream it, our neighbourhood has it – and with our Poplin card, you’ll even get tasty discounts and exclusive access to events. Here’s just a taster of our latest and greatest Heroes:
V1be Fitness
No on-site gym? No problem. Get your sweat on and work it out at Vibe Fitness, based at their V1BE Studio on Blossom Street in Ancoats. Combining intervals and strength training to deliver the most efficient workout in either a 30, 45 or 60 minute class, Vibe’s signature treadmill-based HIIT concept will have you high on those exercise-endorphins in no time. You can even get early access to classes and 15% membership discounts with our Poplin Card.
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Nordic Muse
Nordic Muse is an independent lifestyle store who make every effort to carefully select products based on pure and simple values. Their vision is to deliver a product offer that reflects Nordic simplicity, good craftsmanship, and high-quality design, aligning well with our values here at Poplin. Residents can exclusively enjoy 20% off.
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Yoga Republic
Established in April 2022, Yoga Republic’s spacious studio offers friendly, accessible classes, with 10% off for Poplin residents, that welcome beginners and experienced yogis alike. A great way to reinvigorate the body and calm the mind with neighbours and friends.
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The Lawn Club
In the heart of Spinningfields, find the The Lawn Club. Famous for its indoor-outdoor feel with weekly live music, The Lawn Club offers a delectable food menu and cocktails that cater for all, as well as a kids menu, allowing families to dine together in the city centre. And best of all, Poplin residents get 10% off their bill, Monday – Sunday.
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Emiko Studios
Emiko creates bespoke made-to-order unisex clothing with a super-transparent supply chain for ultimate traceability. Made and designed right here in Manchester, Emiko studios have made a commitment to only use natural biodegradable cloth and materials in the production of their slow fashion. And the best part, they’re giving our residents 15% off each order.
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Dog Shop MCR
Supplying sustainable and health-conscious accessories and products to the city’s dogs (and their owners), The Dog Shop MCR pride themselves on stocking responsibly sourced, premium products and focusing on working with smaller, independent brands. Find them on Tib Street, historically the home of pet shops in the city, and receive 10% off when you show off your Poplin card.
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Lit Candles
Lit candles offer hand poured, luxury, artisan, soy wax candles with eco friendly wrapping to the local community of MCR. They planted their roots in MCR in 2004, where they’ve operated successfully as an independent business ever since – lighting up homes and businesses across the city. It?s even brighter for Poplin residents, who can use their card to score loyalty points and discounts with every purchase.
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The Butcher’s Quarter
A modern Butcher, Cheesemonger & Tasting Room situated on Tib Street, The Butcher’s Quarter prides themselves on using local, independent suppliers with the highest quality of animal husbandry at the heart of everything that they do. Alongside fresh produce, they also stock a large range of deli items, focusing on independent businesses. Enjoy 10% off as a Poplin resident at their store and their local cafe, BQ Bitesize, too.
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Finders Keepers
Manchester’s newest waterside cocktail bar, offering high quality expertly crafted cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, wines and local beers, within a stunning via of New Islington Marina and 10% off for Poplin residents (except during happy hour).
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The Green Lab NQ
The Green Lab is a lifestyle destination of the Northern Quarter, housing a salad bar, juice bar and health studio, designed to help you stay healthy, both in-mind and in-body, by making your journey nourishing, sustainable and efficient. Poplin residents can enjoy a 10% discount on 12 classes at the health lab, as well as their unlimited 6-month class memberships.
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Lentils and Lather
Lentils and Lather is an eco-friendly and ethical store, offering 10% off on purchases of £25.00 or more for Poplin residents, that makes it simple and convenient to shop consciously. Allowing you to eliminate pointless plastic from food and everyday household products and manage your impact on the environment. As well as our physical shops, Lentils and Lather have an online ordering platform where you can shop from the comfort of your home and receive your sustainable shopping direct to your door!
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0161 Studios
0161 Studios is dance studio that specializes in Hip hop. With classes and workshops suitable for all ages for beginner to competition level abilities. An exciting, warm, community-led space that welcomes all with open arms, and Poplin residents get 10% off all classes!
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Open Kitchen
Open Kitchen is Manchester’s leading sustainable catering company, bringing ethical and delicious food to the People’s History Museum in Manchester City Centre with their cafe & bar, offering breakfast, lunch and drinks to grab and go, or sit in and enjoy at a 10% discounted rate for Poplin residents (excluding alcohol).
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The Mews
The Mews is a wine and charcuterie bar situated on Deansgate Mews with indoor and outdoor seating, serving carefully hand picked wine, specially crafted cocktails and a crowd pleasing beer selection. And Poplin residents receive 20% off their bill, Wednesday – Saturday and a generous 50% off their bill on Sundays.
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Things to do.

Northern Quarter
A hip area with bright street art, bohemian bars, and independent record stores, the Northern Quarter walks to the best of its own dreams. It’s home to bustling eateries and some of the city’s liveliest music venues, which welcome up-and-coming indie bands and established acts. The Manchester Craft and Design Center’s artist studios and the Center for Chinese Modern Art’s changing displays are among the cultural highlights, making this a one-stop destination for anyone in MCR.
Victoria Station
Manchester Victoria station is a combined mainline railway station and Metrolink tram stop, home to beautiful architecture and acts as a gateway to the rest of the UK. Situated to the north of the city centre on Hunts Bank, close to Manchester Cathedral, it connects to the AO – which was first built on part of the former station site in the 1990s. With regular services going on to Liverpool, London, Glasgow and beyond, it couldn’t be easier to hop on a train or get the tram.
The vibrant neighbourhood of Ancoats has come a long way from its grittier, textile roots. Now recognised for its diverse dining and bar scene, explore craft brewers and speakeasy-style pubs alongside gourmet eateries and restaurants – with locations such as Hallé? St. Peter’s, a former church, hosting musical performances.
Cotton Field Park
One of Manchester’s quieter parks, this small secret spot is perfect for a spot of people-watching on a warm Summer’s evening of a Sunday afternoon. Cotton Field is a new eco-park at the centre of New Islington, boasting a brand-new body of water, a boardwalk, a “urban beach,” and recognisable islands are all part of it. The extensive landscaping, which helps to draw wildlife, also includes an orchard island, a protective grove of Scots Pines along the shore, as well as wildflower and reed beds.
Mayfield Park
The uncovered River Medlock runs through the centre of the 6.5-acre park, which is located in the centre of this reworked plot of lush green. Every planted area has its own unique features and personality, with a larger grass area set to be used for events in Summertime. There’s even a kids’ play area, a calm area for reflection, a wildscape for biodiversity, and several stroll paths for a spot of calm.

The Poplin Card

Signed, sealed, delivered – it’s all yours. With the Poplin Card, all residents get exclusive access to perks and discounts in cafes, shops, restaurants and businesses in the wider neighbourhood.

So what are you waiting for? Get rewards wherever you go.

Neighbourly Pursuits

Perfectly placed at the cusp of three of MCR’s best and brightest areas: New Cross, Ancoats and the Northern Quarter, our apartments put the city on your doorstep. With community at our core, we offer you incredible dining, drinking and shopping opportunities for all tastes and tipples – while giving back to the place we call home with gardens, cultivated green social spaces and sustainable living.

Why? Because when you look out for your surroundings, they look out for you, too.

What's Nearby

Cutting Room Square
Ancoats’ beloved Cutting Room Square, is watched over by five giant monoliths. Each frames an enlarged photograph by Ancoats’ artist-in-residence Dan Dubowitz. Nowhere in Manchester will give you a stronger sense of the city’s industrial past than here, and as a Poplin resident, it’s right on your doorstep.
AO Arena
World class events in the heart of Manchester, and just a stone’s throw away from our front doors. The AO Arena is the largest indoor venue in the UK with over a million visitors each year. Find world-famous musicians, comedians and sporting events a short walk away.
Pollen Bakery
Manchester’s own iconic Sourdough & Viennoiserie Bakery that needs no introduction. We’ll let their house-made pastries, brunch, coffee & cakes speak for themselves, and be sure to try their basque … there’s nothing else like it.
Canal Street
A beacon of celebration in the city, the Gay Village is a must for any visitor to Manchester. Located just south of Chinatown, along and around Canal Street, the Village is both party central and a living piece of social history – proof that Manchester is one of the world’s leading gay-friendly cities. Gay culture has flourished into a community whose combination of bars, clubs, restaurants and green spaces are set alongside a long stretch of the Rochdale Canal, making it the perfect setting for alfresco drinking and dining. The vibrant Village welcomes everyone, with entertainment laid on seven nights a week. Canal Street, M1 3WD
Victoria Station
The city’s secondary rail station, for connections to Blackburn, Rochdale, Bradford, Leeds, Newcastle, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wigan, Southport, Blackpool and Liverpool. It is also a major stop on the Metrolink network providing commuters and visitors connections to the wider Manchester and Salford area.

The city on your doorstep.

Let’s talk about city centre living. The Northern Quarter lies in one direction, while Ancoats lies in the other, and Victoria Station – and the rest of the UK – is just minutes away. So swing by the cornershop for your Friday favourites and some tea bags. Take a break for a bite at some of the best indie eateries in Ancoats. Enjoy a tipple or two with friends at the latest Northern Quarter hang-out.

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