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    Blog by Nathan Cornish

    Our recent acquisitions

    28 June 2018
    A 3 minute read by Nathan Cornish

    We’ve just expanded our investment portfolio with the acquisition of a scheme in Openshaw, Greater Manchester.

    Comprising a 28,000 sq ft industrial unit on the town’s Crabtree Lane, the building was acquired in just 21 days using funds from within the business. It is occupied by a longstanding tenant who will remain in the space.

    Crabtree Lane, Manchester

    The acquisition is the latest in a long run of purchases we’ve made this past couple of years; we recently acquired 4 acres of land from Salford City Council on the banks of the River Irwell where we are now on site with our next phase of House, while last year we acquired the 46,000 sq ft Office Village at Exchange Quay in Salford Quays for refurbishment and investment.

    Boat Shed in Salford Quays

    The scheme, which we have relaunched as Boat Shed, was acquired from a major fund in a deal completed in just five working days and was swifly followed by our acquisition of Brownsfield Mill – now known as Avro – in Manchester from Town Centre Securities; it will be redeveloped as part of the broader Piccadilly Basin regeneration plans. One of the last untouched mills, we’re on site creating some of the city’s biggest apartments there.

    Avro lofts, Manchester

    This current run of expanding our portfolio started in October 2015, we purchased off-market 4 Canal St in Manchester from private vendors. A fully-let, 19,000 sq ft commercial building bought in partnership with Pears Group using internal resources.

    We soon followed it with the acquisition of the former Regiment Pub site in Manchester’s Castlefield - a scheme which has planning permission for 44 apartments - from major listed developers. The off-market transaction was completed in just 10 days.

    Site of Manchester Regiment, Castlefield

    In December 2015, we purchased a plot of land to the south of the Walsall Canal, adjoining the award winning, new art gallery by 2016 Stirling Prize winner Caruso St John.

    And another commercial acquisition came in the form of Phoenix Mill in Ancoats, and the Church Inn, acquired on behalf of investment partner TBI2000 investments…

    Phoenix Mill, Ancoats

    Meanwhile, we were given a chance to extend our work in Plymouth - where we’ve converted Royal William Yard into a great place to live and thriving tourist destination - by acquiring the City’s Grade II listed Civic Centre from Plymouth City Council. Designs are currently being worked up for the building.

    Civic Centre, Plymouth

    Back in the north west, we had a successful run of summer acquisitions, taking on the Barton Business Park in eccles; an industrial investment on a 2.6-acre site acquired in a cash purchase by Urban Splash.

    Barton Business Park, Eccles

    And, while these acquisitions are great news, we are still aggressively on the lookout for even more new buildings, investment properties brownfield sites that we can turn into contemporary spaces where people can live, work and play so get in touch if you wish to discuss a prospective development by emailing us on All of the above properties were acquired on the offer terms initially agreed, using internal resources and without bank debt; something which allows us to act decisively and quickly.

    We’ve created more than 4,000 homes and 2 million sq ft of workspaces in the past 20 years; here’s to creating many more.

    About the author

    Nathan Cornish

    Group Director

    Nathan has been with Urban Splash since 2002 and has been responsible for the delivery of some of our iconic regeneration schemes at Fort Dunlop, Rotunda and its ‘upside down’ houses in Salford. Whilst still retaining responsibility for high profile developments at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth, and New Islington, Manchester his role now also includes overseeing the groups £100m Investment portfolio. He also oversees many of the group’s disposals and acquisitions.

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