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More coverage for hoUSe

July 8th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the coverage on hoUSe recently. Blueprint Magazine have just written about the development, focusing on the customer-led design approach which sees them buy space not rooms. The article also cites our long-term aim of hoUSe becoming the ‘designer brand of voume housebuilders’.

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Estates Gazette meanwhile write that ‘next generation modular housing is on the march” and point out that hoUSe was driven by ‘DIY design’ meaning our customers configure and dictate layouts.

Both magazines are out now. Enjoy reading..!

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Love for ladies’ day at Royal William Yard

July 6th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip

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We have so many events at Royal William Yard this summer; it’s a really exciting place to be.

This weekend, we’re celebrating the Wimbledon tennis finals with a ‘Ladies Day’ event at Royal William Yard. As well as showing tennis all week, the big screen on the lawn will be showing both the single and doubles finals for ladies day, with each guest receiving a glass of fizz from ID Fashion on arrival.

Our tenants are getting involved too; ID Fashion are giving the best dressed attendee a £50 voucher to spend in their store, plus a glass of fizz on arrival, while the Envy hair salon will give a £50 voucher to the best style they see on the day.

Other events coming up at the Yard include the Native Makers Market on 16th July, the next Good Food Market on 8th August, on while from 5th August, the Barbican Theatre’s performances of Romeo and Juliet!

Filed under: Mills Bakery, Plymouth, Royal William Yard, Urban Splash

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hoUSe gets Wired…

June 27th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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Great to read tech bible Wired’s view on hoUSe. Wired’s known for its dedication to reporting new trends and we’re thrilled our modular family housing is one of them!

Read more in this month’s edition or find out about the new hoUSes we’re selling at Irwell Riverside near Manchester here.

Filed under: New Islington, Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash, hoUSe

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Joining the Inner City Music Board

June 22nd, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Julian Curnuck

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I’m delighted to have joined the board of Inner City Music - the charity that owns and operates Manchester’s Band on the Wall.

It’s a common theme at Urban Splash and many of my colleagues donate their time to endeavours like this, an important thing to do in our committment to the towns and cities we work in. Inner City aims to enrich peoples’ lives with music and culture so it’s completely in sync with my day job.

The main focus of my new role will  be helping the team behind Band on the Wall as they aim to increase its capacity to 500 people. I’m excited to be a part of that growth.

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We are very excited that the massive CIH Housing Conference is coming to Manchester and I am pleased to be speaking at the conference too!

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To coincide with it on 30th June, we’re inviting CIH delegates to take a trip to nearby New Islington to come and see our modular hoUSe development; we’re labelling it as ‘Open hoUSe’. It will give delegates the chance to come and see the concept up close; touching and feeling the show hoUSe and seeing the wider regeneration around New Islington.

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We’re offering a shuttle bus to New Islington on the hour every hour from Manchester Central; so either just turn up or email Chris Monkman for an appointment. Or, if you’d like to meet for a coffee at any point during the conference, please email Cathy Cunny who looks after my diary.

Our 2-minute film with George Clarke explaining the concept should whet your appetites until then and you can read more details about the concept here.

Filed under: New Islington, Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash, hoUSe

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Read about our ‘pioneering housing concept’

May 30th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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It’s been great reading about hoUSe in the national press recently. Our modular, family housing concept was covered in depth by The Telegraph and The Sunday Times recently, with the former calling it ‘a pioneering housing concept’.

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Meanwhile, the Sunday Times, who referred to Urban Splash as ‘the developer that rescued decaying mills and warehouses’, visited the first hoUSe site in New Islington, interviewing a purchaser and concluding that hoUSe aims to  ‘turn buyers from passive consumers into architects of their own dream homes.’

Read the full Sunday Times article below…

Bespoke new builds on a budget

Urban Splash is the developer that rescued decaying mills and warehouses, pioneered “loft living” in Britain and transformed industrial wastelands into inner-city property hotspots. Now the Manchester-based firm has a revolutionary plan for the traditional family home — reinventing the Victorian terrace, building it in a factory and allowing buyers to play an active role in the design process.

Described as “the Grand Designs experience on a budget”, Urban Splash’s latest venture — “hoUSe” — aims to turn buyers from passive consumers into the architects of their own dream homes. Whereas owners of period terraces tend to move in and start knocking down walls to suit their needs, hoUSe will allow buyers to configure their home around their lifestyle while it’s still on the drawing board.

Each one will be built and assembled in a factory near Nottingham by SIG Building Systems, 
a company that specialises in timber panel construction, then assembled on site. The whole process takes about four months — compared to six for conventional bricks and mortar.

“Loads of things we buy now are bespoke — everything from cars to trainers,” says Jonathan Falkingham, co-founder and creative director of Urban Splash. “I compare hoUSe with buying a BMW. You specify what you want, then, a couple of months later, it comes off the production line.”

HoUSe buyers can opt for two or three storeys, and can choose to have a garden home (with the living spaces on the ground floor) or a loft (with a living space on the top floor, under an exposed pitched roof). They can decide to go fully open-plan or have more traditional segregated rooms, including up to five bedrooms.

There are various configurations of kitchens, bathrooms, storage, floor coverings and furnishings. And, because the walls are made from wooden panels (covered in a range of protective materials, including magnesia board, sealant and insulation), and those dividing rooms are not supporting walls, owners can easily add rooms as their family expands, or remove them when their offspring move out. In collaboration with architects at Shedkm, Urban Splash has taken pains to keep ceilings lofty and windows large, with pop-out windows — a modern, square version of a bay — on the top floor. The company also offers 1,000 sq ft of living space (or 1,500 sq ft for a three-storey home), compared with the typical 800 sq ft for new-builds.

“We think builders are way behind the curve, because nothing has really changed for 50 years,” Falkingham says. The architect founded Urban Splash with Tom Bloxham, an entrepreneur, in 1993, winning a string of Riba awards before almost going out of business when the housing market collapsed in 2008.

“The recession gave us pause for reflection,” he says. “What we saw was that if you’ve got a lot of money and you want a lovely house, you haven’t got a problem. It’s at the other end of the market where there isn’t much choice. There’s no flexibility, poor specification and a fixation on rooms, not space.”

Prices, inevitably, will depend on location, but the first hoUSe scheme is being built in New Islington, an area just north of Manchester’s city centre that has seen intense regeneration in the past decade. Prices start at £200,000 for a two-storey home, including a garden and parking, and about £300,000 for a three-storey house. So far, 14 of the latter have been completed — and all 43 properties in the development have been sold.

Planning permission has just been granted for a further 34 units at Smith’s Dock, in North Shields, on Tyneside, as well as 72 homes at Irwell Riverside, in Salford. Prices for those developments will be released later this year.

Andy Smith, 29, is just the sort of savvy buyer Urban Splash had in mind when it began working on hoUSe. The fresh-faced entrepreneur moved into his property in New Islington at the beginning of the year and has been busy adapting it to his needs, adding an ensuite wet room alongside his bedroom/office on the third storey.

“I like the size and the fact that you can do what you want with it,” says Smith, founder of From the Fields, the events company behind music festivals such as Kendal Calling and Forgotten Fields. “I looked at older properties, but I couldn’t find anything in my budget — or, if I did, there was a problem with subsidence or something. And there wasn’t the space.”

Smith agrees that there is a gap in the market for people like him, who would like their own home, but aren’t ready to sacrifice their lively urban lifestyle for a conventional suburban new-build. With the assistance of the government’s Help to Buy scheme for first-time purchasers, he could afford the £305,000 asking price. He even had the odd experience of watching his hoUSe being delivered.

“It was amazing,” he recalls. “I happened to be walking past, and I saw the bottom storey being put in position. I popped to a coffee shop, then, on the way back, the whole thing was there.”

It’s tempting to make disparaging comparisons with Ikea flatpacks, but Urban Splash insists that this is to misunderstand the process. “People already make houses like this, but on site,” Falkingham says. “We’re not doing anything radical in that sense — it’s established technology. We’re just building it in a factory. And the production standards are much, much higher than on a site.”

Rather than the Swedish purveyor of flatpack furniture, Urban Splash prefers comparisons with Vitra, a Swiss firm that manufactures works by many internationally renowned furniture designers. It’s all part of a long-term vision to become “a sort of designer brand of housebuilding”. For its next “product”, called Mansion House, the company plans to take the Georgian terrace and adapt it for modern living.

“We started out with this really simple proposition — to make well-designed, affordable housing,” Falkingham says. “I don’t think we’re trying to upset the apple cart. We just want to offer something different, because we think there is a demand for it.”

Filed under: Manchester, New Islington, Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash, hoUSe

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Our award winning Good Food Market

May 26th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip

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Royal William Yard’s Good Food Market has won another award, having scooped the Gold award for Best Farmers Market at the Taste of the West Food Awards!

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The Market has been so well received since it started last year; now more than 50 stalls set up on the first Sunday of each month offering everything from fresh, local produce to crafts, to live cookery demonstrations to children’s entertainment! Judges visited one of the markets earlier this year and liked what they saw.

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The award, the second the Yard’s Good Food Market has won, shows the tremendous work put on by the team there and the stall holders themselves. Let’s keep making it even bigger and better!

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On 7th May we’ll be launching new homes for sale at Irwell Riverside and we’ll be launching a new show hoUSe for customers at nearby New Islington on the same day too.

First up for sale at Irwell Riverside are our hoUSes - each of which come with parking and gardens - with prices from £250,000 for a 1,000 sq ft home. They’ll soon be followed by apartments, with a total of 171 homes created by Urban Splash on the waterfront site by 2017.

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Although Irwell Riverside officially sits in Salford, hoUSes here are less than half a mile away from Harvey Nics and other key areas of Manchester City Centre.

We’ve focused on bringing hoUSe to sites like Irwell Riverside, as city centre housing is an important issue for us. hoUSe gives families a spacious, urban living option, and giving customers who simply want more space, something other than a typical apartment.

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We’ve already sold out at New Islington - another city centre fringe site to the North East of Manchester - so the appeal’s been appreciated so far.

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If you want to find out more, or come and see what hoUSe looks like by visiting our new New Islington show hoUSe which is located at 2 Keepers Quay, Manchester, M4 6JL (click here for a map), then register now or drop us a line.

Filed under: New Islington, Urban Splash

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Launching hoUSe

April 14th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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It’s been great to see hoUSe getting so much coverage recently.

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Lots of journalists, from around the country have been writing about the concept; Wallpaper* for example  noted the hoUSes are “no diminutive Victorian pastiche…”.

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Meanwhile, fellow design and architecture critics Dezeen who called the scheme “a pioneering housing project”.

The press in Manchester meanwhile - home to the first hoUSes at New Islington - were equally as complementary; About MCR noting the: “innovative design template” and I Love MCR suggesting they are for “house-proud, design-conscious people“.  The Sunday Times also included New Islington and hoUSe one of the 20 ‘hippest places to live‘ in the UK!

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Read all of the hoUSe press coverage here and register your interest for more houses that we’re bringing to New Islington, Irwell Riverside in Salford and Smith’s Dock in North Shields soon…

Filed under: New Islington, Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash

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Completing Park Hill Phase 1… And starting Phase 2

March 11th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Jonathan Falkingham MBE

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Watch this video and find out about the exciting selection process we’ve undertaken to select a new architect for Phase 2 at Park Hill. Working with the chosen practice, Mikhail Riches, we’ll be creating up to 200 new homes and 30,000 sq ft of commercial space.

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The announcement came in tandem with the news that we have completed Phase 1 at Park Hill too. Read more in the Architects Journal.

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