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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Oh what a night!

    23 July 2018
    A 3 minute read by Tom Bloxham

    I was nursing a sore head most of Friday as I wrote this blog - my attempt at reflecting on a great night in Manchester celebrating 25 years of Urban Splash.

    It was very late into the night on Thursday (well, Friday morning) when we finally put down our branded Urban Splash It Will Never Work ale (thanks JW Lees for those!) and headed off to bed after a night of partying with more than 1,000 guests like Sir Richard Leese, the MEN’s showbiz reporter Dianne Bourne; celebrity chef Andrew Nutter developers like David Russell and James Whitaker; artists like Pavel Buchler and Hillary Jack. There were also award winning architects like Glenn Howells, Phil Coffey and Hazel Rounding of shedkm - as well as Mike Perls from MC2 and Time Out founder Tony Elliot . In the packed out room we drank, ate and reflected on 25 years of many successes, many highs, many lessons – and many lows – whilst dancing to the brilliant DJ sets by The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club and Graeme Park.

    It was great to see so many familiar faces; colleagues past and present, customers, suppliers, partners, friends, architects, journalists – so many people who’ve played a part in our story – and spent the night ensuring me and my colleagues heard their anecdotes and memories. Check out some of the great pics and videos from our guests here, and don't forget to tag yourself in the photo gallery on our Facebook page!

    It’s really humbling (and slightly painful) to sit here this morning and take it all in; more than anything though it’s motivated my team and I to do even more great things in the next 25 years.

    Town House by Urban Splash

    We’re under no illusion that there’s still so much great work to be done in the future; the housing shortage remains unsolved and I had lots of conversations about our role in that and the increasing number of schemes featuring our modular House by Urban Splash Town Houses – something we believe will help give the UK more much needed, well-designed homes.

    Port Loop, Birmingham

    We’re turning our attentions now back to creating those homes and creating great communities around the country; our next big events are launches of Town Houses in Birmingham (the first in the Midlands)...

    Lakeshore, Bristol well as new apartments at Lakeshore in Bristol – keep an eye out for more info on these soon.

    Read what Place North West had to say about the event here.

    About the author

    Tom Bloxham

    Chair and Co-Founder

    Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received over 420 awards to date for architecture, design and business success.

    The company is responsible for development projects across the country, including Manchester, Liverpool, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth, North Shields and Morecambe. In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.

    Tom also upholds a number of other positions including; Chairman of Manchester International Festival, and trustee of Tate, the Manchester United Foundation and The Bloxham Charitable Trust.

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