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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Creating well-designed homes and workspaces that will stand the test of time

    03 November 2020
    A 3 minute read by Tom Bloxham

    People often wonder why we’re pushing challenging conversions such as Avro in Manchester and Park Hill in Sheffield, and we are also very involved in creating new buildings using modern methods of construction? Here, Tom Bloxham MBE, explains the connection across our portfolio.

    Listed buildings have been the hallmark of Urban Splash for almost three decades now; we’ve developed a reputation for taking on challenging structures - restoring them and creating new homes and workspaces for modern residents and businesses. Most of them - be it our early work in Liverpool, where we transformed places like Tea Factory, Vanilla Factory and Concert Square, to Castlefield in Manchester, where we transformed the fortunes of a number of listed mills, turning them into loft-style homes, to our more recent projects like Royal William Yard in Plymouth, Avro in Manchester and Park Hill in Sheffield - were extremely modern and groundbreaking at the time they were originally built.

    Homes at Avro lofts in Manchester

    Avro for example was a place in which airplanes were constructed, Park Hill was a local authority vision to solve a housing crisis, while Melville was at the heart of a groundbreaking victualling yard. Right now, we’re celebrating and restoring the parts of these buildings that made them so aesthetically special.

    Those features are being retained for a new generation of occupiers; at Avro, we’re creating some of the largest homes in Manchester each filled with original brickwork, columns and beams.

    Park Hill in Sheffield, where we're creating more homes and workspaces

    In Sheffield, our homes and workspaces at the Grade II Listed Park Hill are on sale; the famed ’streets in the sky’ is a Grade II Listed Brutalist icon which takes inspiration from Le Corbusier's Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles. The original, 1960s concrete frame has been celebrated in our latest phase, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Mikhail Riches, whose vision has resulted in apartments with outside space and great city views.

    Melville at Royal William Yard in Plymouth

    Meanwhile in Plymouth, we’re creating workspace in the Grade I Listed Melville - the iconic centrepiece of this waterfront neighbourhood, somewhere we’ve been transforming over the past decade into a place to live, work and play.

    And, though the aesthetic may differ, we’re adopting the same philosophy from these old buildings, in our new, House by Urban Splash homes - all of which are being created using modern methods of construction. We’re a fashion-agnostic business, and believe that great design is timeless. 

    Some of our new House by Urban Splash homes coming to Inholm, Northstowe

    So while we love restoring old buildings, we hope the homes and workspaces that we build today will stand the test of time, and that’s why our House by Urban Splash homes are being designed so that they are loved by generations in the future, with high ceilings, flexible layouts, generous spaces, surrounded by proper, well-thought out neighbourhoods.

    If interesting buildings, character and heritage are your thing, take a look at our track record.

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