25 years of Urban Splash - Some things change, some don't!
We’ve been in business for 25 years, and today marks the exact date that Jonathan and I set up the company and began tackling challenging, disused sites around the country – turning them into places for people to live, work and play in.
The world around us has moved on quite a lot in those two decades; the housing industry itself keeps changing and Government shake-ups mean we’ve almost had a new housing minister for every year we’ve been in business (21 housing ministers to be exact).
Our designs and developments have moved on too, from restorations, to new builds; from single buildings to placemaking.
From disused chemical factories in Liverpool, Georgian Naval Yards in Plymouth, Victorian Mills in Manchester and art deco hotels - to 60s and 70s housing estates like Park Hill in Sheffield and low rise estates like the Cardroom in Manchester to Coronation Street style terraces at Chimney Pot Park.
Right through to the 21st century modular terraced houses we’re creating now via our House by Urban Splash brand, using modular technology to build amazing homes offsite in our own factory.
The places we build in have also changed; Manchester City Centre – Urban Splash’s home – had a population of just 200 people back in 1993, but has since has grown into a mass of more than 40,000 urban lovers today.
The biggest change though has come from the impact of technology and disruptive businesses who’ve burst onto the scene and changed pretty much everything we do; thinking back to when we started, Jonathan and I weren’t even using email. We didn't even have a website for our first few years in existence.
It got me thinking about what else didn't exist back in 1993, inconceivable products and services back then, but things we depend on each day now – which couldn't you live without..?
Technology and industrialisation is continuing to change and we are determined to be at the forefront of these changes, driving the brandwagon of progress - and not trying to jump on it!
However, some things have not changed; right from day one, we’ve been determined to only work with people we like and admire - to push the quality agenda and work with great designers. We have - and will always - worry about placemaking and are driven by a consciousness of leaving our towns and cities a little better and more beautiful than we found them.
Here’s to the next 25 years!