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    Urban Splash Newsplash - May 2023

    03 May 2023
    A 5 minute read by Tom Bloxham

    Welcome to our May 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 news on the partnership front as we've announced a land acquisition partnership with Grosvenor in a £10m deal, with our new partners praising our "track record of bringing forward some of the UK's most innovative regeneration schemes". We're also kicking off a series of stories from colleagues and long-term partners to celebrate our 30th year in business, there's tales from Tom Bloxham, Nathan Cornish and Manchester writer Len Grant this month. There's also news on more awards for Park Hill in Sheffield, as well as news from our Commercial team who rounded off Q1 with 15,000 sq ft of lettings. Read on to find out more.

    New Islington in Manchester

    Grosvenor invests in new partnership with Urban Splash

    We’re delighted to have formed a land acquisition partnership with Grosvenor in a £10m deal that will see us purchase new assets and work up schemes post-purchase. Speaking of the deal Grosvenor’s Rachel Dickie said the deal helped match capital to “experienced delivery partners”, praising our “track record of bringing forward some of the UK’s most innovative regeneration schemes”. Read more about this and our other recent partnerships on our new blog.

    Some stories about US

    2023 marks 30 years in business for Urban Splash, and throughout the year we’ll be hearing from people who’ve joined us on our journey. Click below to read some of the interesting stories from our early days, with tales from our Chairman and co-founder Tom Bloxham MBE, Manchester writer Len Grant, and Nathan Cornish who tells us about some of the partnerships we've forged over the last 30 years.

    Park Hill in Sheffield

    More awards for Park Hill – including an Olivier!

    The regeneration of Park Hill in Sheffield has been celebrated recently, with a Northern Housing Award, and three awards from Architects Journal – including Retrofit of the Year 2023. Park Hill also won the Retrofit Housing Award, and the Listed Building £5 million and over category, while the Park Hill musical – the critically acclaimed Standing at the Sky's Edge – won TWO Olivier Awards including 'Best New Musical".

    Melville at Royal William Yard in Plymouth

    We’ve completed deals on 15,000 sq ft of space

    We rounded off Q1 with deals on more than 15,000 sq ft of space across our commercial portfolio. The bulk of the deals were completed in the North West, which last year was refinanced as part of a £43m package with Aviva. We also welcomed furniture brand, Nest into their new showroom at Park Hill. Read more about them and all of the new businesses who’ve moved into our Urban Splash neighbourhoods here.

    Residents gardens at Avro in Manchester

    Come join US!

    We’re looking for ambitious new colleagues to join our growing team! We’re on the hunt for a new Property Maintenance Co-ordinator for our nationwide portfolio; a new Residential Administrator In Manchester to help with all our sales and lettings, and new development managers who can help us create new neighbourhoods too. Click below to read more about the roles, as well as the benefits you’ll get from working with US.

    Red Bull cliff diving at Royal William Yard in Plymouth

    A giant leap for Red Bull at Royal William Yard

    All eyes were on Royal William Yard in Plymouth this month, as Red Bull diver Aidan Heslop dived from the top of one of our buildings there. Plymouth-born Aidan made the 68ft jump as part of his training ahead of this year’s Red Bull Diving World Series in Boston.

    The Chancel in Prestwich, Manchester

    Home of the month
    Apartment 10, The Chancel

    This is your chance to own a home at The Chancel – a former church designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the renowned architect behind the Natural History Museum in London. The Urban Splash Residential Fund acquired this 22-apartment building a couple of years ago, and it’s since become a bustling place to live in one of Manc’s burgeoning suburbs. Apartment 10 boasts original features like stained glass windows, as well as two bedrooms, parking, a private residents’ areas, and the picks of Prestwich just outside. It’s yours for £185,000.

    Workspace at Boat Shed in Salford Quays

    Calling all businesses looking for a great base in Salford Quays. Boat Shed has something for everyone, with workspaces from 270 sq ft to 8,400 sq ft – and we can even furnish it for you via our in house design team. The building has balconies overlooking the River Irwell, a café, meeting space, riverside gardens, bike racks, showers, and the adjacent tram stop connecting you to the city centre and Trafford Centre too.

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