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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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ITV features House on the Tonight Programme

June 13th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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It was good to be featured on the recent ITV Tonight Programme on new build housing.

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Our housing industry got a very mixed reception, but you can watch a very positive mention for Urban Splash and our House - as well as an interview with our Chairman Tom at 15minutes in (you may need to sign in to watch).

And if you want to have a come and have a look around our Houses for real, then drop us a line!

Enjoy!

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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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We were delighted to hear that our Park Hill in Sheffield (seen here in its original 1960s glory!) has been shortlisted for the World Monuments’ Modern Century campaign to find the buildings around the world that matter to people.

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The campaign is calling on architecture fans to vote for the ‘modern architecture site that moves them’; the Grade II Listed Park Hill was submitted to the list after global experts, architects and architecture students nominated their favourite buidings.

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Park Hill’s in great company in the list so we’re pretty chuffed! We completed the first 260 homes there last year and have recently hosted a public consultation to showcase our plans for the next 200 homes and workspaces that we’ll soon be creating (see image above for what they’ll look like!).

If you love it as much as we do, give us a vote now by clicking here.

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A great new space at the Yard

April 19th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip

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We’ve made even more great spaces for our tenants in Plymouth by opening the new common areas at Residence Two, Royal William Yard.

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The new spaces show how committed we are to creating commercial communities and this new space is all about bringing the Residence’s awesome mix of tenants together.

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The new amenities include a meeting room with TV and presentation screen, communal wifi and a ‘snug’ for informal collaboration - with power points for laptops.  We’ve also installed a great new kitchen complete with coffee machine, smoothie machine and a blackboard wall for community messages to encourage a bit of fun and to help tenants take ownership of the space.

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A new chill out area gives tenants and their teams the opportunity to get away from their desks - and it leads out to a beautiful garden with deckchairs and table tennis; we’ll soon be adding an outdoor meeting area and bike racks here too!

We made sure the new space was put on tenants’ radars with a bit of a launch party with more than 40 of the Yard’s occupiers in attendance; a local DJ manned the decks and local brewer Bulletproof provided the beer. Nice weather meant we all got to experience the garden too!

Just three workspaces remain at the Residence Two building; if you want to get involved and give your team access to the awesome new facilities we’ve added, then drop us a line.

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Guest blog: Introducing new Spaces in Liverpool

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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I’m so happy to announce that Spaces Ropewalks is now open! Spaces, for those of you who don’t know, pioneers the concept of co-workation, giving businesses of all sizes a space in which they can think, create and grow.

spacesblog_mar17_5We teamed up with Urban Splash last year to bring our concept to Liverpool and have been working with them since to create an additional offering at Tea Factory, meaning the building can now accomodate anything from one desk with us, up to 11,800 sq ft units with Urban Splash themselves.

spacesblog_mar17_2The fabric of the Tea Factory was such a great backdrop for us to work with. What we’ve been able to create there is a pretty unique and awesome space; a creative platform that we want to fill with an international entrepreneurial community.

spacesblog_mar17_3And being located in the Ropewalks, all the businesses here will benefit from a great location with adjacent shops and restaurants and Liverpool Central station just a five-minute walk away.

So, whether you’re looking for a single desk or more spaces, we’re offering dynamic work areas for you. Call the team on 0151 3051240 for details.

You can also come and join our first ever networking event in the space on May 2.

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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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Continuing our run of acquisitions

March 8th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

beehive_mar17_external1We’ve had a great recent run of acquisitions, with our most notable recent purchase in March 2017 - Beehive Mill in Ancoats - now complete.

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The building was bought by Urban Splash off a major London fund in just nine days, from offer to completion; Beehive Mill will be invested in, refurbished and kept as a creative workspace creating hundreds more jobs.

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Our acquisition run began back in October 2015, when we purchased off-market 4 Canal St in Manchester from private vendors. A fully-let, 19,000 sq ft commercial building bought in partnership with Pears Group using internal resources.

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We soon followed it with the acquisition of the former Regiment pub site in Manchester’s Castlefield - a scheme which has planning permission for 44 apartments - from major listed developers. The off-market transaction was completed in just 10 days.

In December 2015, we purchased a plot of land to the south of the Walsall Canal, adjoining the award winning, new art gallery by 2016 Stirling Prize winner Caruso St John.

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And another commercial acquisition came in the form of Phoenix Mill in Ancoats, the Church Inn in Hulme and 64 Oldham St in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, all acquired for cash on behalf of investment partner TBI2000 Investments…

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Meanwhile, we were given a chance to extend our work in Plymouth - where we’ve converted Royal William Yard into a great place to live and thriving tourist destination - by acquiring the city’s Grade II Listed Civic Centre from Plymouth City Council. Designs are currently being worked up for the building.

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Back in the North West, we had a successful run of Summer acquisitions, first of all taking on the Barton Business Park in Eccles; an industrial investment on a 2.6-acre site acquired in a cash purchase by Urban Splash…

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We also purcahsed four acres of land from Salford City Council on the banks of the River Irwell where we are now on site with  hoUSe Irwell Riverside.

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And soonafter, again with our JV partner Pears, we acquired the 46,000 sq ft Office Village at Exchange Quay in Salford Quays for refurbishment and investment. The scheme was acquired from a major fund in a deal completed in just five working days.

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Late in 2016, we acquired Brownsfield Mill in Manchester from Town Centre Securities which will be redeveloped as part of the broader Piccadilly Basin regeneration plans. One of the last untouched mills, we’re hoping to create the city’s biggest apartments there - with hopes for lofts of upto 4,000 sq ft!

So what next..? Well, we’re still aggressively on the lookout for new buildings, investment properties Brownfield sites that we can turn into contemporary spaces where people can live, work and play so get in touch if you wish to discuss a prospective development by emailing us on developments@urbansplash.co.uk.

All the properties we’ve acquired this year were completed on the offer terms initially agreed, using internal resources and without bank debt; something which allows us to act decisively and quickly

We’ve created more than 4,000 homes and 2 billion sq ft of workspaces in the past 20 years; here’s to creating many more.

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