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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Urban Splash Newsplash - April 2024

    09 April 2024
    A 6 minute read by Tom Bloxham

    Welcome to our April edition of Newsplash – a round-up of all things Urban Splash.

    In this month’s issue, we introduce our new executive board; we reach a milestone at Port Loop in Birmingham; we're moving ahead with the regeneration of another Sheffield icon, we’ve welcomed more new businesses into our workspace across the country – and we’ve helped raise funds for LandAid in their quest to tackle youth homelessness. Read on for the details.

    Our new executive team (l-r: Julian Curnuck, Suzy Jones, Sarah Battye, Kim Essop, Ben Thatcher and Guy Ackernley)

    Introducing our new Executive Board

    We’ve formed a new Executive Board – comprising six brilliant colleagues who will help us as we create 4,500 new homes and 500,000 sq ft of commercial space over the next five years. The board is led by our CEO Julian Curnuck, who is joined by company secretary Kim Essop, director of finance, Sarah Battye, managing director – development and residential, Guy Ackernley, finance director – development, Ben Thatcher, and our director of the future, Suzy Jones. Together they will work alongside Urban Splash shareholders including our Chairperson Tom Bloxham MBE and co-founder Jonathan Falkingham MBE.

    Topping out at Port Loop in Birmingham alongside our partners at Places for People and Caddick Construction

    Topping out at Port Loop in Birmingham

    We’ve officially ‘topped out’ at the newest residential building at Port Loop – our 43-acre canalside site in Birmingham. Working with our joint venture partners Places for People we have been onsite creating 58 apartments designed by architects shedkm, offering future residents dual-aspect views across the neighbourhood and Main Line Canal. Now the apartments have reached their highest point – a milestone marked by a ceremony onsite this month.

    Cole Brothers building in Sheffield

    Moving forward with the regeneration of a Sheffield icon

    We’ve signed a lease with Sheffield City Council – paving the way for the transformation of the iconic Cole Brothers building in the heart of the city. Our colleague Nathan Cornish said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Sheffield City Council to regenerate this iconic building. Almost everyone I meet from Sheffield has a story to tell and we’re thrilled to be playing a part in its next chapter. We are still in the early stages and we are looking forward to consulting with the local community and stakeholders as we start to work up our plans.”

    Workspace at Boat Shed in Salford Quays

    We've completed more new deals in our Commercial portfolio

    We’ve completed deals on almost 9,000 sq ft of space in our commercial workspace portfolio this quarter – welcoming new customers and renewing leases with existing occupiers too. Among the deals is a 3,175 sq ft letting to engineering consultancy Frazer Nash at Mills Bakery, a Grade I Listed building at Royal William Yard in Plymouth. Deals were also completed in Salford, with 2,484 sq ft of space let at our riverside Boat Shed building in Exchange Quay. See what is available in our portfolio on the link below.

    Some of the Urban Splash team take part in LandAid SleepOut 2024

    Losing sleep for charity

    We’re super proud of the 11 Urban Splash colleagues who took part in this year’s LandAid SleepOut – helping raise awareness of youth homelessness. The event, which took place at Sale Rugby Club, was a night of camaraderie, with people from across the property sector helping to raise vital funds for a variety of projects that directly support young people facing homelessness or at risk of it in the North West.

    Events at Royal William Yard as part of the RNLI's 200th anniversary

    Celebrating the RNLI at Royal William Yard in Plymouth

    Royal William Yard in Plymouth played host to the RNLI’s 200th anniversary this month, drawing over 7,000 attendees to the waterfront neighbourhood. The event not only fostered community spirit but also generated funds for the RNLI, with a spokesperson for the organisation saying they “couldn’t have been more grateful for how the day went”. The celebrations were held alongside the Yard’s monthly food and craft market, with vendors noting it was their “busiest ever Sunday”.

    Field at Park Hill, Sheffield

    Meet... Field at Park Hill

    When design consultancy Field decided to find a new base for their business after 15 years, they knew their new location had to reflect the creativity and innovative nature of their business. A place that offers inspiration where they could evolve and grow. Enter Park Hill in Sheffield – a match made in heaven as Field’s operations manager, Katie Daniel explains in this interview.

    Urban Splash head office in Manchester

    Join US

    Calling all ambitious, talented individuals! We’re looking for a residential sales consultant to join our team in Manchester – a new colleague brimming with enthusiasm and ideas that will help sell our newest Urban Splash homes. You’ll have experience in a similar role, with knowledge of the sales and letting process, and an appetite to help us as we create new neighbourhoods all around the country. Sound like you?

    Homes at Park Hill in Sheffield

    Home of the month
    65 Hague Street, Park Hill, Sheffield

    Park Hill is our award-winning, new cultural quarter for Sheffield – a place that’s brimming with well-designed homes, green space, cafes, bars, and more. 65 Hague Street offers a rare chance to own a home here, with this 547 sq ft one-bedroom apartment on the market for £165,000.

    Workspace at Schoolhouse in Trafford Park, Manchester

    Workspace of the month:
    Schoolhouse Studio, Manchester

    Introducing Schoolhouse Studio: a versatile self-contained space located adjacent to our Schoolhouse building in Trafford Park. The Studio can accommodate a range of uses and could be the perfect home for your new venture – be that a gym, retail outlet, or leisure space. While the fully glazed front offers branding opportunities and can be opened up to create an inviting outdoor area during warmer months.

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