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        Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

        Urban Splash Newsplash - June 2024

        05 June 2024
        A 5 minute read by Tom Bloxham

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

        In this month's issue, there's news from Park Hill in Sheffield, where we've added to our total of RIBA awards. There's an update from Birmingham, where out new Mansion House homes will soon be on sale. We've got the views of journalist Jo Smit, reflecting on three decades of Urban Splash regeneration, and we've also been helping to shape the industry conversation at UKREiiF. Read on to find out more.

        Park Hill in Sheffield

        Park Hill is an RIBA winner once more

        Park Hill in Sheffield has won its 38th award – the 2024 RIBA Yorkshire Award! Judges commended the “ongoing restoration” of the “iconic building,” highlighting that the design “preserved as much of the original structure and character as possible” while also awarding designer Alim Saleh the Yorkshire Project Architect of the Year accolade for his work at the scheme. Further good news came for Park Hill as it was included in Historic England’s Heritage Works for Housing project too.

        Mansion House homes coming soon to Port Loop

        New homes will soon be on sale at Port Loop, Birmingham

        Urban Splash, in partnership with Places for People, will soon release the first new homes for sale at Mansion House, the latest addition to Port Loop in Birmingham. In anticipation of the launch, we have appointed local agents Connells to market the new homes – 58 apartments with views over the canal, close to South Loop Park, Ladywood Leisure Centre, and YARD, the city's first Art House for local people. If you’re interested in moving in, register your interest below. We will also be collaborating on a show home in the coming weeks.

        Restaurant space at Royal William Yard in Plymouth

        Transforming the derelict into the desirable

        Jo Smit, is a renowned journalist specialising in the built environment, writing for trade titles such as RIBA Journal. We recently invited Jo to give her views on the history of Urban Splash, reflecting on three decades of true regeneration, of adding value and – as Jo says – “converting the buildings that others spurred – transforming the derelict into the desirable”.

        Julian Curnuck at UKREiif 2024 (image credit Roger V Moody)

        Shaping the industry conversation

        Colleagues attended the annual UKREiiF property event in Leeds this week – with CEO Julian Curnuck, Suzy Jones and Akeel Malik each taking to the stage to contribute on various panels, something you can read about in Julian’s newest blog. Our colleagues will continue to contribute to key conversations in the coming weeks, including at Housing Today Live in Manchester, where Suzy Jones will discuss the future of housing policy and priorities ahead of the general election.

        SevenThreeOne at Boat Shed, Salford Quays

        “I’ve been an admirer of Urban Splash for years”

        An extraordinary organisation requires an extraordinary workspace, and Boat Shed at Salford Quays has proved just that for founders of SevenThreeOne, sisters Vanice and Venessa Scott. This month we interviewed, Venessa – currently featuring alongside our Chair Tom Bloxham MBE in the Greater Mancunians exhibition – as she told us what makes Boat Shed so special and why it was the undisputed first choice for their inspirational non-profit business to settle in.

        Port Loop in Bimringham

        Home of the month:
        23 Rotton Park Street, Port Loop, Birmingham

        As well as our Mansion House apartments coming soon at Port Loop, we also have this town house home for sale in the burgeoning neighbourhood. This three-storey property has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a spacious open plan ground floor kitchen and living area. It’s one of the final homes for sale in this phase and is yours for £450,000.

        3.04 Boat Shed, Salford Quays

        Workspace of the month:
        3.04 Boat Shed, Salford Quays

        Looking for a new office for your business to call home? This is 3.04 Boat Shed. Located in Exchange Quay, close to MediaCity, this furnished office offers 1,137 sq ft of space, as well as access to a communal hub, bike racks, showers, and lovely riverside gardens all set in a transformed, brilliantly designed former 90s office block.

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