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    Urban Splash Newsplash - February 2020

    04 February 2020
    A 6 minute read by Tom Bloxham

    Welcome to our February edition of Newsplash - a monthly round-up of all things Urban Splash, featuring new homes, scheme launches, commercial news and much more.

    This month, we're returning to Park Hill in Sheffield, where, alongside our partners Places for People, we're launching brand new homes for sale on 29 February. You can also read the thoughts of our architect Mikhail Riches, on the work involved in creating 195 new homes. We're also launching more Town Houses at Port Loop in Birmingham on 15 February, with each home configurable by our customers. In Bristol and Manchester, we're hosting Help to Buy mortgage workshops this week at Copper Building and New Islington, helping people who want to buy their own home with as little as a 5% deposit. We've also completed our refurbishment of Beehive Mill in Manchester, where we've created modern workspaces fit for the 21st Century. Read on to find out more.

    Phase 2 at Park Hill in Sheffield

    New homes launch at Park Hill on 29 February

    On Saturday 29 February Urban Splash and Places for People are launching the much-anticipated second phase of homes for sale at Park Hill in Sheffield. 195 apartments have been designed by RIBA Stirling Prize winning team at Mikhail Riches – each of them duplex with dual-aspect views; we’re also updating the building's façade too. Come find out more from our team at the Park Hill sales office from 10am on the day. And don’t forget you can enquire about the workspaces we’re creating at Park Hill too.

    Town House at Port Loop in Birmingham

    More homes are coming to Port Loop in Birmingham

    On Saturday 15 February Urban Splash and Places for People are launching a second phase of Town Houses at Port Loop in Birmingham – with each home configurable by you the customer. Yup, you can dictate the layout of your home, choosing from hundreds of configurations including open plan options, loft living and garden living. Can’t wait ‘til then? The final remaining Town Houses in phase 1 are available now, with prices from £180,000 with Shared Ownership.

    Living room at Phase 2 in Park Hill, Sheffield

    The views of Park Hill’s Stirling Prize winning architects

    Architects Mikhail Riches are super proud to be creating the new homes at Park Hill and in this new blog, founding director Annalie Riches tells us about winning the design brief for the development following a creative six-way pitch, as well as her ambitions to preserve and upgrade the original fabric of Park Hill.

    Reception area of Beehive Mill in Manchester (photo by Tom Bird)

    Creating 21st Century workspaces in Manchester

    We’ve now completed our transformation of Beehive Mill in Ancoats, and to mark the occasion, architect Maurice Shapero - one of the city’s best, maverick designers - has blogged about redesigning the listed structure, musing over how a building made almost 200 years ago can still function so beautifully in a completely different age. The final remaining workspaces here are available now.

    Town House at Piercy Street in Manchester

    Help to Buy at New Islington and Lakeshore

    Later this week we’ll be hosting two Help to Buy events, assisting customers who want to own their own home in Manchester or Bristol. On Thursday 6 February, our teams at New Islington in Manchester and Copper Building in Bristol will be joined by Independent Financial Advisers who’ll guide eligible Help to Buy customers on purchasing with a deposit of just 5%!

    More awards — including huge recognition from Homes England

    We’ve won three more awards this month - taking our total now to 427. This week, our House by Urban Splash was awarded the Homes England Chair’s Award for Excellence; the award recognised the significance of the £90m deal we signed last year with Sekisui House, and the change of pace that our business is bringing to the housebuilding sector. The deal also won NW Insider’s Deal of the Year too, while Royal William Yard won SW Insider’s placemaking award.

    The vision for Inholm, Northstowe in Cambridge

    Setting our sights on new sites

    Four new colleagues have joined our land team this year; head of planning Andrew Johnston, acquisitions manager Richard Dingle, bid manager Sam Thomas and Laurence Chipperton – acquisitions surveyor – all join our land director Katie Dean, helping us acquire new sites across the country. Their appointments have taken our headcount to more than 200 brilliant colleagues; want to join us? We’ve even more vacancies for talented and ambitious people here.

    Avro lofts in Manchester

    Home of the month — 1.3 Avro, Manchester

    Our final apartments in Avro, Manchester are coming to fruition this year, giving buyers the chance to live amongst beautiful, original features in one of the city’s last undeveloped mills. Apartment 1.3 boasts 833 sq ft of living space, with exposed brickwork and beams making for a unique aesthetic. It also has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and is yours for £350,000.

    Workspace at Boat Shed in Salford Quays

    Workspace of the month — 3.05 Boat Shed, Exchange Quays, Salford

    Super start-up space at the refurbished Boat Shed in Salford Quays; this 262 sq ft unit is on the ground floor of the building, adjacent to the River Irwell. You and your team will benefit from landscaped outdoor spaces, newly designed offices, and amenities like neighbouring Lupo Caffe and the Manchester Metrolink stop outside. It’s yours for £5,240 pa.

    Urban Splash in the press

    “Urban Splash completed 116,000 sq ft of commercial deals in 2019, letting space across its portfolio.”
    — North West insider on our commercial deals

    “buccaneering property developer Urban Splash”
    — The Telegraph on Urban Splash

    “The modular industry is thriving... major players who have recently entered the volumetric modular arena (include) Japan’s biggest housebuilder striking a multimillion-pound deal that will see Sekisui House partner with Homes England and Urban Splash...”
    — PBC today on our partnership with Sekisui House and Homes England

    Upcoming events

    6 February

    We’re hosting Help to Buy workshops at New Islington in Manchester and Copper Building in Bristol, helping customers find out about owning their own home from as little as 5% deposit.

    15 February

    It’s your next chance to buy a home at Port Loop in Birmingham, Birmingham's newest island community. Configurable Town Houses designed by you launch for sale on this day.

    29 February

    We're launching brand new homes for sale at Park Hill in Sheffield alongside our partners Places for People – the team will be on hand from 10am to talk you through our exciting new plans for the apartments, which complete in 2021.

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