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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Urban Splash Newsplash - July 2023

    04 July 2023
    A 5 minute read by Tom Bloxham

    Welcome to our July edition of Newsplash - a round-up of all things Urban Splash, featuring new homes, scheme launches, commercial news and much more.

    This month, there's big news from Sheffield as we’ve been appointed to take on the restoration of the iconic Cole Brothers store - a new city centre development site. There’s news of a major £20m funding deal for the Urban Splash Residential Fund, details of our 475th award, more anecdotes as we celebrate our 30th anniversary, and we're also looking for more new colleagues to join the Urban Splash team. Read on to find out more

    The vision for Cole Brothers in Sheffield (image credit AHMM)

    Transforming another Sheffield icon

    Sheffield City Council has announced that Urban Splash is the preferred developer for the restoration of the iconic Cole Brothers department store. This much-loved Grade II Listed building, which was recently occupied by John Lewis, bears all the hallmarks of an Urban Splash scheme, and we are delighted to have been entrusted with its regeneration. We’ll now work with the Council and architects AHMM to evolve initial designs, building on our track record in Sheffield where we’ve already transformed large parts of Park Hill.

    Derwent House in Birmingham

    A £20m deal with Barclays

    The Urban Splash Residential Fund has completed a £20m deal with Barclays. The Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) is the fund’s first deal with a major high street lender and will help USR in growing its portfolio of design-led and affordable rental homes in places like Manchester, Altrincham, Birmingham, Sheffield and Cambridge.

    Brick House at Port Loop in Birmingham

    Our 475th award, as the RIBA acknowledge Port Loop

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has unveiled its list of national award winners – and Brick House at Port Loop in Birmingham is on the list! A development of mews homes, Brick House was designed by Howells Architects, with judges noting the “ambitious” approach, adding “its designs have the potential to transform the way in which we live and interact with our neighbours. It is a bold typology of housing that can act as a test bed for future housing schemes.”

    Park Hill in Sheffield

    US30 – “Urban Splash aligns with our values”

    As we continue to celebrate 30 years of Urban Splash, we’ve invited more of our collaborators to tell their stories. This month it was the turn of Places for People – with whom we’ve partnered since 2014, creating hundreds of new homes in thriving communities. Director Sammie Steele reflected on our relationship in this article, saying: “It’s essential that anyone we collaborate with shares our vision, with a strong desire to improve the lives of others… Urban Splash has done that, demonstrating that its work aligns with our values.”

    Urban Splash head office at Timber Wharf in Castlefield, Manchester

    Come join US!

    Come join our Urban Splash team. We’re on the hunt for new colleagues including – an Executive Assistant who can help keep our board in check! The successful candidate will be an exceptionally organised individual, ready to support our shareholder directors and the executive team. We’re also on the lookout for a Financial Controller to support our growing Urban Splash Residential Fund. Read more about the roles – and the benefits that come with working at Urban Splash – on the link below.

    MIF23 presents 'You, Me and the balloons' by Yayoi Kusama (image credit MIF23 / David Levene)

    MIF23 is live

    The Manchester International Festival (also chaired by our own Tom Bloxham MBE) is live, with a programme of immersive art events taking place across the city all this month. Highlights include You, Me and the balloons, by Yayoi Kusama, celebrating three decades of the pioneering Japanese artist's inflatable artworks. There’s also a mixed-reality concert by legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the return of actress Maxine Peake as she performs an after-hours reading of They.

    The Chancel in Prestwich

    Home of the month
    Apartment 10, The Chancel

    The Chancel is a character-filled former church in the cool Manchester suburb of Prestwich. This two-bedroom apartment still bears many of the church’s original features – think stained-glass windows – as well as private parking and residents’ areas. To top it off, the town’s cocktail bars and pizza restaurants are only a few minutes’ stroll away. Apartment 10 is available to rent now.

    Workspace at Melville, Royal William Yard in Plymouth

    Workspace of the month
    G13B Melville, Royal William Yard

    Melville is the striking centrepiece of Royal William Yard, nestled in the heart of Plymouth. This is an award-winning waterside destination, with leading restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and boutique hotel rooms. Melville brings a new range of workspaces to the area, including Unit G13B, which offers 1,453 sq ft of space in a prominent location with views over our marina.

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