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History

Transforming spaces for over 25 years

History of Artisan


Artisan is an independent property development company specialising in urban regeneration. Originally founded by Carol Ainscow, the family-owned company is now headed by Moya Ball, and has an enviable portfolio of completed projects in Manchester, Salford, Oldham, Liverpool, and Sheffield.

All of Artisan’s projects have in common strong, contemporary, innovative design and the highest quality materials.  All are successful and continue to contribute to the economic and social fabric of their locations.

Early foundations


The company began in 1990 in the leisure property sector, transforming a run down area of Manchester into one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan locations in the UK. Five years later, Artisan created the first loft apartments in the city, the catalyst for the establishment of a huge new city centre community.

In recent years Artisan has specialised in large mixed-use developments in regeneration areas, often the first to recognise the potential of a location and leading the way for others.  As a result, Artisan is recognised as one of the UK’s leading developers in the regeneration field and is extremely well respected in the sector.

In-house Specialism


In addition to core development skills, Artisan had its own construction group and other in-house specialists.  This ensured efficient and effective project programming and management, together with an intelligent approach to design and construction issues.

The entrepreneurial structure of the company enabled fast decision making and the ability to handle both risk and change without recourse to a conservative and time consuming board structure. Additionally, Artisan has its own in-house architectural practice, Arconia, who have an enviable track record in residential developments across the North-West.

Artisan works with a number of regional, national and international designers, including young up-and-coming firms to more established organisations.