Developer Urban Splash and the RIBA have shortlisted six architects, including Glas Architects & Designers and Stephenson Bell, for the first phase of Manchester's £200m millennium village
The other shortlisted practices for the housing scheme are Peter Barber Architects, Fashion Architecture Taste, MBLC Architecture & Urbanists with BIQ Architecten, and Walter Menteth Architects.

The housing scheme, called New Islington, is one of the government's millennium communities. It will involve building 1400 homes on the 10 ha Cardroom Estate, in east Manchester.

Last week, the firms presented proposals for the scheme to a panel of judges that included members of the residents' steering group and social housing landlord Manchester Methodist Housing Association.

The project is the first development of social housing since last year's launch of Alsop Architects' framework plan for the scheme, which is led by Urban Splash in partnership with Manchester council, urban regeneration company New East Manchester and English Partnerships.