Talking modular at MIPIM

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


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.


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.


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.


…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.


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


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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…


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.


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.


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

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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Lovely lakeside homes in Bristol

February 27th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Guy Ackernley

As we spring into um, Spring, we’ve launched some brand new homes at Lakeshore in Bristol - all of which are located on the edge of our lake and surrounded by some beautiful landscaping.


Five new apartments are now available for sale at our Grade II Listed development; each of the one  bedroom homes are in an awesome lakeside spot,high ceilings and a balcony.


Prices start from £165,000, find out more here.


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Our award-winning hoUSe

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


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”.


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.


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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New homes to rent in Bradford

January 31st, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Guy Ackernley


We’ve released 15 new homes to rent at Velvet Mill in Bradford - with prices from just £395 pcm!


These new images show what’s on offer; vast living space, beautiful contemporary design and bags of original features. From brickwork to exposed beams, this Grade II Listed historic building has plenty!


The apartments are complete and ready for customers to move into now. We’d love to show you around, just drop us a line to find out more!

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Welcoming our first hoUSes at Smith’s Dock

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


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.


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


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!


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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Merry ChristmUS

December 15th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

Here’s the Urban Splash 12 days of Christmas; a run down of the best things that’ve happened to us this year. Pour some mulled wine, grab a mince pie and feast your eyes on what we’ve been up to…


January: We got the green light on the development of 72 hoUSes at Irwell Riverside, just a few miles from our first hoUSe site at New Islington.


February: We unveiled for the first time what the now completed Stubbs Mill would look like; 27,000 sq ft of cracking space packed with original features.


March: We headed off to MIPIM to launch hoUSe to the world. It went down well; when we got back The Telegraph hailed it “the blueprint for a pioneering housing concept…”


April: We completed the first phase at Park Hill in Sheffield – 260 homes completed – and announced plans for 200 more.


May: We snapped up Barton Business Park in Eccles – the sixth new addition to our portfolio in as many months.


June: One of the UK’s most important Brownfield sites – Icknield Port Loop in Birmingham – became a closer reality as we, Places for People, Birmingham City Council and the Canal & River Trust announced a partnership to deliver the site.


July: We announced we’d be regenerating Brownsfield Mill – one of Manchester’s most famous – and probably last – untouched mills. We’re working on it with TCS as part of their Piccadilly Basin plans.


August: It took just five working days from us making an offer to completing on our acquisition of Office Village in Salford Quays with our JV partner Pears. Now, we’re giving the building’s 46,000 sq of space a bit of a facelift.


September: Royal William Yard was named development of the decade by Property Week – recognition of the immense transformation of the former derelict Naval supplies site into hundreds of homes and workspaces.


October: We launched brand new homes for sale at Lakeshore in Bristol; with great living space in excess of 670 sq ft, a balcony and high ceilings too.


November: There was much excitement in North Shields as the first hoUSes arrived at Smith’s Dock ready for the first residents to move into early next year.


December: We let Stubbs Mill building in Manchester to sports brand Fanatics. The company moved its entire operations to the scheme.

So it’s been another awesome year..! Thanks for all the custom, support and love during 2016. Here’s to a great Christmas.

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“More hoUSes please…”

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


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


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.


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’.


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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