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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Urban Splash Newsplash - February 2024

    05 February 2024
    A 6 minute read by Tom Bloxham

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

    As we embark on a new year we’re sharing details of all the new Urban Splash places we’re creating this year, nurturing new neighbourhoods in Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and beyond where people can live, work and play. Read on to find out more.

    Park Hill in Sheffield

    We're creating more new homes at Park Hill in Sheffield

    We’re creating 125 apartments and townhouses at Park Hill in Sheffield, continuing our transformation of one of Europe’s largest listed buildings into a dynamic cultural quarter and adding to the hundreds of already occupied homes. Find out more about the award-winning neighbourhood – which we’re transforming in partnership with our friends at Places for People – on the link below. You can also read our residents’ views on living at Park Hill in this recent article in The Times.

    Bring new apartments to Old Mill Street, New Islington in Manchester

    ...and at New Islington in Manchester

    We’re also planning more new homes at New Islington in Manchester – a place that’s been dubbed ‘a waterside oasis’ by the Manchester Evening News. We have also submitted planning for 40 Howells-designed apartments – ranging from one- and two-bedroom homes on Old Mill Street to the east of New Islington.

    We're bring more new homes to Port Loop in Birmingham

    ...and at Port Loop in Birmingham

    As we continue our work transforming the 43-acre site surrounded by water and green space at Port Loop, we are onsite now creating 58 apartments designed by architects shedkm, offering future residents dual-aspect views across the waterside neighbourhood. And we hope to move forward with a further 500 new homes including a 31 house-scheme also designed by shedkm, plus a phase of 331 apartments designed by Howells alongside a new public park with both residential and waterside green spaces.

    Campbell Park in Milton Keynes

    ...and at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes

    Our masterplan for Campbell Park iin Milton Keynes will see us create a proper 21st century community filled with around 1,500-new homes. Designs are underway for the first 450 homes which we’ll deliver in joint venture partnership with Glenbrook as part of a brand new green neighbourhood.

    New homes from Poppy Developments coming to Royal William Yard

    We're continuing to collaborate

    We actively collaborate with public and private organisations nationwide, and this year we’re expanding our relationships with developers and funders such as Glenbrook, Places for People, Grosvenor, and Aviva. We’re also working closely with Birmingham City Council and Canal and Rivers Trust at Port Loop, Milton Keynes Development Partnership, and Plymouth City Council for the Civic Centre and Royal William Yard – while our friends at Poppy Developments have created some new homes at the Yard. Exciting new partnerships are also in progress with Swansea City Council and the National Trust in Windermere.

    Workspace at Schoolhouse in Manchester

    We're creating new workspace

    We completed deals on 15,000 sq ft of commercial space in the last quarter of 2023 and will build on that success in the coming months, creating more well-designed places for businesses to flourish. That includes new commercial space at Park Hill in Sheffield and New Islington in Manchester, as well as work to update existing workspaces at Schoolhouse in Trafford Park and Waulk Mill in Ancoats. We’ll also complete our works at Melville, the jewel in the crown at Royal William Yard.

    We're looking for ambitious new colleagues to join our team

    We're expanding our team

    It’s not just about nurturing new places at Urban Splash, it’s about growing our team too, and that’s why we’re creating more jobs for ambitious new colleagues this year. Among our current vacancies is a role for an ambitious Content Creator who’ll spearhead our social channels and shape our digital presence with a unique tone of voice and a Marketing Manager who'll help deliver and implement innovative marketing strategies to support our brand values and objectives.

    Cole Brothers in Sheffield

    Looking to the Future

    We’re also working hard on designs for future Urban Splash neighbourhoods in Swansea, Windermere and our work transforming Cole Brothers in central Sheffield. Watch this space for details of what’s to come, as we create sustainable new futures for these diverse places.

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