Later on spent some time exploring the area now called New Islington which borders the area leading into Manchester on the Piccadilly side. It was interesting looking at some of the new architecture that has sprung up including a Will Alsop building that borders the Ashton canal. The building has text written on it which suggests destinations along the canal. There is also a new estate nearby which has a very modern Dutch appearance - this was planned and built with proper consultation with the Cardroom residents who chose a plan proposed by FAT (Fashion, Architecture, Taste).
I shall add some images when processed.