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    Blog by Tom Bloxham MBE

    Urban Splash Newsplash - May 2020

    06 May 2020
    A 6 minute read by Tom Bloxham

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

    As a nationwide lockdown continues, this month’s Newsplash is dedicated to the great, green spaces you’ll find around all of our Urban Splash neighbourhoods. We've got some brand new images of the communal gardens coming soon to Avro in Manchester, where the last remaining loft apartments are now on sale. There's news on some more modular homes coming to New Islington in Manchester, with Cotton Field Park right next door. We also take a look at some of the open spaces at Port Loop in Birmingham and the communal areas that our commercial tenants can make use of at Boat Shed in Salford Quays.

    Communal gardens at Avro in Manchester

    Introducing the new communal gardens at Avro, Manchester

    One of the city’s last undeveloped Victorian mills, Avro will be home to 30 of Manchester’s biggest loft apartments and one town house overlooking the Rochdale canal. The new residents’ garden has been designed by landscape architects Re-form and features trees, shrubs, hedges and ornamental grasses, hard landscaping and bespoke seating areas. The last few of these truly special homes are on sale now.

    Town House at Piercy Street in New Islington

    Town House at New Islington in Manchester

    Across the road from Avro, we’ve recently launched Town House at Piercy St and the Marina in New Islington. As well as providing each home with its own private terrace, we’ve also created much bigger communal gardens for residents to enjoy getting closer to nature alongside the canal. And that’s in addition to New Islington’s existing Cotton Field Park and Marina.

    Communal park at Port Loop in Birmingham

    Scandi-inspired spaces for families at Port Loop in Birmingham

    In this new blog, we hear from Port Loop architects Glenn Howells Architects, talking about the homes and green spaces they've designed for Brick House, now on sale at the development in Birmingham.

    Communal gardens at Boat Shed in Salford Quays

    The great green escape at work

    Green space is equally important in and around our commercial buildings. At Boat Shed in Salford Quays we’ve landscaped riverside outdoor areas to give workers a tranquil space to spend time; the building’s Lupo Caffe is adjacent to the gardens too so you can have a fantastic Italian coffee al fresco.

    Park Hill in Sheffield

    Designed by US, coloured by you

    Now, you know we encourage customisation – our House by Urban Splash homes are created to buyer specifications – but this month we’ve gone even further, letting you all put your own stamp on an array of Urban Splash buildings. As we spend more time indoors, we’ve developed a series of colouring sheets for you to download here, meaning you can create your own Park Hill, Port Loop, Chimney Pot Park and more.

    Park Hill in Sheffield

    Home of the month —
    90 Norwich, Park Hill, Sheffield

    With lots of lovely of green space, Park Hill in Sheffield is a great place for those who want a bit of the suburban in the urban. Brand new homes in phase 2 – all of them designed by Stirling Prize winners Mikhail Riches – are on sale now, including this duplex, dual-aspect, two-bedroom home which is yours for £175,000. Call us to take a virtual tour of the home.

    Melville, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

    Workspace of the month —
    F13 Melville, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

    Melville is the striking centrepiece of Royal William Yard in Plymouth, with its iconic clock tower and breath-taking views across the marina. It is one of the last remaining buildings to be completed on this historic site, now an award-winning waterside destination and community in the heart of Plymouth. This 4,789 sq ft workspace is perfectly sized for a medium to large business, or as a regional HQ. It’s yours for £71,835 per annum.

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