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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Another great MIPIM

    22 March 2019
    A 3 minute read by Tom Bloxham

    I’ve just returned from MIPIM 2019 - my 26th time there and perhaps my busiest yet!

    During the course of a packed week I collected no less than 100 business cards, attended 30 meetings, 10 lunches and dinners and gave three talks on the Manchester and Belfast stands.

    Delivering a talk at the Belfast stand during MIPIM 2019

    We made two sizeable announcements at MIPIM this year too; first the news that investment in Park Hill in Sheffield has now exceeded £100 Million.

    Park Hill, Sheffield

    And secondly that the new Urban Splash Residential Fund had launched and is already oversubscribed, with a PRS portfolio of properties including homes at Lister Mills in Bradford and Irwell Riverside in Manchester.

    Irwell Riverside, Salford

    On the Manchester stand, I also chaired a great discussion with Sir Richard Leese , Carol Patterson from OMA architects and John McGrath - chief executive of MIF, an organisation I also chair - about the amazing new £130 Million Factory arts building in Manchester.

    Chairing a discussion on the Manchester stand at MIPIM

    And there was a party too! My Friday BBQ at Maison Bulle started as a very small lunch for a few good friends. It's good to see it grow and become a highlight in many diaries, now always full with more than 200 attendees - meaning I end up always disappointing many friends and colleagues.

    Tom with Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs at MIPIM

    It was good to see our usual eclectic attendees this year including artists, developers, funders, architects and some new additions this year like architects Daniel and Nina Libeskind, Ben Kelly who designed the Hacienda and now working at Park Hill, and Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs - thanks to each of you for coming along.

    See you in 2020...

    About the author

    Tom Bloxham

    Chairman and Co-Founder

    The least qualified board member, Tom sold fire extinguishers door to door, studied a degree in politics, sold records then posters and ran a market stall down Affleck's Arcade.

    He made more money sub-letting the space than selling his posters. That's how it started. Following setting up a pub business, nightclub and radio station, Tom, along with Jonathan Falkingham MBE, founded Urban Splash in 1993.

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