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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Urban Splash Newsplash - November 2023

    08 November 2023
    A 5 minute read by Tom Bloxham

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

    This month there’s breaking news of a new phase of homes and workspaces at Park Hill in Sheffield. We hear from architect and TV presenter George Clarke, who gives his views on Urban Splash and what’s stood out for him in the last 30 years. We've got new deals in our commercial portfolio, a new cultural hub for Manchester, and a host of new colleagues who’ve joined our Urban Splash team. Read on to find out more.

    Park Hill in Sheffield

    More ew homes, public realm, and workspace at Park Hill in Sheffield

    We’ve secured planning permission for the fourth phase at our Grade II Listed, award-winning Park Hill in Sheffield, with proposals approved this week for the creation of 125 new homes – 20% of them affordable. The plans, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Mikhail Riches, also include 4,700 sq ft of workspace, new public realm and sustainable transport facilities including EV charging and bike storage. We’ve already created hundreds of homes at the Brutalist building, and you can read more about our vision for this newest phase on the link below.

    George Clarke

    US30 – Urban redesigners with a passion for history, place and people

    Architect and TV presenter George Clarke has written a special article for our 30th anniversary, reflecting on our shared vision for better quality housing. In the piece, George confesses to being a “massive fan of Urban Splash”, commenting on our “rebellious attitude” and desire to “transform urban environments and make neglected or abandoned parts of our towns and cities more exciting places to live”. Read George’s and all our guest contributors’ views on Urban Splash’s 30th anniversary on the link below.

    Workspace at Boat Shed in Salford Quays

    We’ve completed 9,000 sq ft of new deals last month

    An active October saw us confirm deals on 9,000 sq ft of space in our commercial portfolio – this included the iconic surf brand Rip Curl’s Kathmandu label, which will move into the riverside Boat Shed building in Salford Quays. The deals dovetail with the news that Manchester-based surveyor Edwards & Co has been appointed at Boat Shed, joining incumbent agent Canning O’Neill to market the riverside building’s remaining space.

    Our newest Urban Splash colleagues

    Welcoming our newest Urban Splash colleagues

    A big hello to our newest colleagues; Liverpool-based Niall Ingham joins us as commercial lettings manager having previously worked for CBRE. Tom Lowry joins us as development manager in Plymouth, supporting our work at Royal William Yard and the Civic Centre in the city; Roisin Wallace joins as residential administrator; Nolly Kikumba as maintenance coordinator, and Imogen Boyd as management accountant. The Urban Splash Residential Fund has grown its team too with the appointment of financial controller Chris Potts. We’re always on the lookout for ambitious, original thinkers to join our team, find out more about life at Urban Splash on the link below.

    Aviva Studios in Manchester (Photo by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of OMA and Factory International)

    A new cultural anchor for Manchester

    Congratulations to our friends at Manchester International Festival (MIF) and Factory International who this month opened the doors to the new OMA-designed home at Aviva Studios which will create up to 1,500 jobs and add £1.1bn to Manchester’s economy . Our Chair Tom Bloxham MBE is also Chair of MIF and said: “The growth of MIF and creation of Aviva Studios is parallel to our experiences with Urban Splash. Each organisation’s ambition, innovation and creativity has been central to transforming unloved, abandoned parts of Manchester into thriving places that appeal to both world-class organisations, and brands based in the city. The result is great new places in which people can live, work, and play.”

    Budenberg in Altrincham

    Home of the month
    3517 Budenberg, Altrincham

    Altrincham, with its vibrant market hall, bars, restaurants, and excellent connectivity is a desirable place to live. This home at Budenberg presents a rare opportunity to secure a penthouse in the town, with 3,201 sq ft of space, the home offers three bedrooms, plus family bathroom and ensuite, large south facing balcony and private roof terrace.

    Workspace at Richmond Street in Manchester

    Workspace of the month
    Richmond Street, Manchester

    This 2,372 sq ft, first floor workspace is your last chance to move into 5 Richmond Street, our bustling business hub in Manchester’s vibrant gay village. The space is packed with original features; think beautiful exposed brickwork, beams and pillars – plus the contemporary splash of colour we’ve added since we took over the building in 2018. Find out more about basing your business here.

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