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Smith’s Dock’s first award!

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Our Smith’s Dock development in North Shields has won its first award - just weeks after we first launched the scheme.

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The Offsite Awards crowned the scheme, which we’re creating in joint venture with Places for People, ‘Housing Project of the Year’, namely our modular Town Houses which we created with architects shedkm. It takes the total Urban Splash award count to 395.

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Our first homes are for sale at the scheme; the three storey waterfront modular Town Houses offer great views of the Tyne and you can see them here.

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We’re also on site with our Smokehouses - 80 apartments at the scheme which we’ll launch next year.

And if you want to know more, check out our Smith’s Dock film.

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Guest blog: George Clarke on FAB House

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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I’m always after an excuse to be back in the North East, especially when it’s doing what I love – designing new homes.

I was chuffed therefore to join Urban Splash and Places for People at Smith’s Dock to announce my plans for FAB House, my first pre-fab home collaborative which will see ten town houses launch at the waterfront scheme in North Shields as a complement the 24 shedkm-designed Houses which are already on site.

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I’ve long had a passion for creating modular homes and bringing something different to the market; I’ve spent the past few years doing my due diligence and market research and this is absolutely the right place for me to bring my ideas to life.

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Walking around site and seeing the brand new homes there made me realise how well my own concept will fit. Watch this space for details of my future announcements.

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We’re small developer of the year!

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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I had a brilliant night at the RESI Awards in London - not least because Urban Splash received the Small Developer of the Year accolade while I was there!

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We’ve had a brilliant year across the business, especially in our residential efforts. One of the reasons we won this award was for our creation of House, which is now on sale at two sites in Manchester and North Shields, with a third at New Islington already fully sold out and completed.

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Other notable residential achievements in the year included our completion of the first 260 homes at Park Hill - all of which are occupied - and our creation of new rental homes at Velvet Mill.

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The award takes our running total to 392 accolades, see them all here.

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Talking modular at MIPIM

March 23rd, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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I’ve just returned from my 24th consecutive MIPIM; it was a very busy week and I gave four talks and attended 32 meetings!

I was given the opportunity to talk lots about House; one of the highlights being a debate I joined with the Manchester at MIPIM delegation where I took to the stage with Manchester City Council Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein, footballer-turned property developer Gary Neville and a few of the city’s other influencers to discuss our vision for Manchester in the next decade.

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One of the key talking points was the growth of the city’s population - with Sir Howard estimating a city population of 600,000 in the next ten years.

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That’s why we’re creating things like House at New Islington and Irwell Riverside, to ensure that there’s an option for the increasing number of people staying in Manchester city centre.

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…And why we’re creating the city’s biggest lateral lofts at Brownsfield Mill.

We also debated how improved facilities like more green space and schools will play an important role.We were part of the bid to bring the New Islington Free School to Manchester in 2012; it’s now a fully subscribed, OFSTED-outstanding institution and more like it will help keep people, especially families, in our urban environment.

Read the full MEN article on the debate here.

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At MIPIM, I also did two further modular housing talks on the London stand and the UK Government stand - you can read more about what was said in this piece by AJ.

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Making a Splash in Yorkshire

March 20th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Simon Gawthorpe

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I was delighted to read the Yorkshire Post’s verdict on our modular family housing concept, House and the possibility of us taking the concept to cities in the region.

The article came from an interview I gave with the newspaper, in which they referred to Urban Splash as “a small company with a big reputation for converting derelict and unloved buildings into the coolest places to live and work”.

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It’s something we’ve definitely done in Yorkshire where we’ve got developments like Park Hill in Sheffield, Lister Mills in Bradford - where we’ve just launched 15 brand new rental homes - and Saxton in Leeds.

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Bringing House into Yorkshire is definitely a possibility. The idea is we’ll work across the UK with local authorities and build on brownfield land to make it happen.

Read the full Yorkshire Post article here.

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Our award-winning hoUSe

February 4th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Jonathan Falkingham MBE

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hoUSe has won its eleventh award; the North West Insider Residential development of the year; the  judges were “won over” by our “innovative and pioneering thinking”.

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hoUSe is pioneering; we launched the first 43 homes just under a year ago at New Islington in Manchester, all are sold, completed and fully occupied.

It’s great to see our modular family concept, which allows buyers to determine the layout and composition of their home across 1000 sq ft or 1500 sq ft of space, not only widely adopted by customers, but also by industry influencers too. Other awards won by hoUSe include three Structural Timber Awards, a Sunday Times British Homes Award - and of course, the prestigious Housing Design Award ; their team made this video of the scheme when they visited us last year.

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We’re now working hard to complete the next two hoUSe sites at Smith’s Dock in North Shields (homes there will be on sale in the spring) and Irwell Riverside in Manchester - where just a couple of the current hoUSes for sale remain.

Find out more by watching our hoUSe film.

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Welcoming our first hoUSes at Smith’s Dock

January 24th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Guy Ackernley

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I was recently on site at Smith’s Dock in North Shields, our joint venture with Places for People, to witness the delivery of the first hoUSes.

It was great to see them in situ in the sunshine; there’ll be 34 of our modular hoUSes there in total, with some incredible views (like this one) of the River Tyne.

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We’re going to be launching the first homes for sale in the Spring, register your interest here.

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Getting ready for residents at Irwell Riverside

Friday, January 20th, 2017

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We’re working hard at Irwell Riverside, our site in Manchester just a few hundred metres from Harvey Nichols.

We’ve now completed the groundworks ready for the arrival of our hoUSes; that’s in spite of some harsh January weather!

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We’re now working on the site’s infrastructure ready to welcome our first residents later in the year.

Take a look here to see what’s still available.

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“More hoUSes please…”

December 8th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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I recently took the Secretary of State for Housing, Gavin Barwell MP, around hoUSe at New Islington.

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Mr Barwell - and representatives from the HCA - joined me onsite so I could show them the work we’d been doing in making modular homes a reality for customers in Manchester.

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It seems he’s a fan as shortly after his visit, Mr Barwell Tweeted to say “more please”; it’s another political endorsement after the former Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, called Urban Splash a ‘prime example’.

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All our hoUSes at New Islington are completed and occupied and we told Mr Barwell all about the next hoUSes we’re creating at Irwell Riverside and Smith’s Dock. Find out more about them by watching our hoUSe video here;  you can watch hoUSe on the BBC News at 10.

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First hoUSes land at Smith’s Dock

November 30th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Guy Ackernley

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The first hoUSes have been delivered to Smith’s Dock in North Shields where we’re creating a total 34 hoUSes, 80 apartments and many other homes, workspaces, retail spaces and public parks (watch our video here for the full details!).

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The first three modular units arrived on site having travelled up the M1 from our hoUSe factory; they’re now being installed and the landscaping around them complete for occupation next year.

And if you want to see what the completed hoUSes will look like, to quote Blue Peter, here’s some we made earlier in Manchester.

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If you want to register for them and be the first to hear prices and details when we launch them, click here or call our agents Sanderson Young on 0191 580 7999.

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