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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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YO! Home’s Simon Woodroffe talks to Urban Splash

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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I’m Lee,  site manager at Irwell Riverside, blogging about our latest staff meeting at Urban Splash.

Urban Splash is a very open and inclusive company; one of the best things we do is run this programme of staff meetings where my colleagues and I hear all about the business and our forthcoming developments.

The most recent meeting was hosted at Stubbs Mill in Manchester. Our brilliant guest speaker was eminent entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe who’s bringing his YO! innovation brand to Manchester in the form of 24 YO! Home apartments at New Islington.

As well as telling us all about YO! Homes, Simon delivered a broader honest and captivating presentation. Like Urban Splash he promotes a personal approach to business; he made me laugh when he said he had been in meetings where he had forgotten what the meeting was about because he was more interested in getting to know the person before the business at hand – so he just kept changing the topic away from business.

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In my day job at Irwell Riverside, I help turn the concept of hoUSe into a physical reality - giving customer the perfect place to live and call home - so I took a lot of the presentation on board. It was inspirational and a great story!

If you want to see similar presentations and business advice from Simon you can find them here.

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Anchors down at Smith’s Dock

October 25th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Mark Latham

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30 years after it closed as a shipyard, Smith’s Dock in North Shields has come alive again!

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To mark our launch of site, we invited local residents, dignitaries and business people to join us aboard the Shields Ferry with us for a lunchtime sail around the River Tyne.

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Then we docked our ship by Smith’s Dock, when myself and Mary Parsons of Places for People officially launched the development with speeches and theatrically popping a bottle of champagne.

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It was great to see so many people on board, genuinely interested in what we were planning.

And we were joined by the superb John Grundy, an eminent local historian who had many interesting anecdotes about Smith’s Dock and its former life as a bustling shipyard.

So we’re now back at work on site getting ready for the launch of the first homes there next year. Register now for details…

We’d also love to hear from any businesses, local clubs and individuals with great ideas for the future of Smith’s Dock – whether temporary events, markets, short-term or long-term uses - please get in touch!

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More coverage for hoUSe

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

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I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the coverage on hoUSe recently. Blueprint Magazine have just written about the development, focusing on the customer-led design approach which sees them buy space not rooms. The article also cites our long-term aim of hoUSe becoming the ‘designer brand of voume housebuilders’.

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Estates Gazette meanwhile write that ‘next generation modular housing is on the march” and point out that hoUSe was driven by ‘DIY design’ meaning our customers configure and dictate layouts.

Both magazines are out now. Enjoy reading..!

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