I recently joined Evan Davies (he of Dragon’s Den and BBC business fame), Geeta Nanda OBE of Thames Valley Housing and Josh Ryan Collins from the New Economics Foundation on a Radio 4 debate on housing - entitled ‘land, the mother of all monopolies’.


Apparently, I was the only developer prepared (or stupid enough!) to talk about the economics of land supply and development. Hopefully, I argued that property development was not just about buying land and waiting for the cash to roll in, but about how developers have to find the land, get the planning, fund the build, get it built on time and on budget, make the place, and ultimtely sell or rent out the properties. Success only comes about by working closely with local communities and authorities and I talked through examples of how we’ve done this previously at the Northern Quarter in Manchester, and New Islington where we’ve helped create a new park, a marina, a health centre, and a new OFSTED outstanding primary school - transforming one of the worst parts of Manchester into what is now one of the best.


When host Evan gave me the ‘last word’, it allowed me to outline my vision for changing the market; I suggested that every local authority needs to appoint a city or town architect who will be well resourced, highly regarded and plan and define the vision of what their city wants to be, helping turn land into beautiful places in which we all want to live, work and play.


Listen to the full programme on iPlayer here and let us know what you think.

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An excellent set of results

July 7th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE


I’m delighted to announce our annual results for the year ending September 2016; results which saw us record a profit of £12.2m, cash resreves of £13.9m and a total turnover of £26m - up £1m on the year prior.

It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable year; one in which we’ve achieved so much. You can read a full briefing on the year in my Chairman’s Statement here, but some highlights include…


We launched the first scheme of House, our modular family housing concept. 43 Town Houses at New Islington were launched, swiftly sold and are now fully occupied. We also launched the first Houses at Irwell Riverside.


Royal William Yard being crowned as ‘Development of the Decade‘ by Property Week


We completed the first phase at Park Hill; 260 homes (which are now fully occupied) and 30,000 sq ft of workspaces


We invested in the refurbishment of Tea Factory in Liverpool to create improved units and communal areas for tenants; we also partnered with Spaces to create a coworkation floor


We acquired the Office Village scheme in Salford Quays; watch this space for our refurbishment plans there…


And we’ll be creating Manchester’s biggest lofts (up to 4,000 sq ft in size!) following a deal with Town Centre Securities to redevelop Brownsfield Mill in Manchester

My plan for the next year is to continue with these exciting regeneration projects and, like the ancient Athenians, we will continue to proudly fulfill our oath: “we will leave this city, not less but greater, better and more beautiful than it was left to us”.

Read more about our results in the press below:
Property Week
Manchester Evening News
North West Business Insider
The Business Desk
Development Finance Today
Plymouth Herald

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smiths_dock_jun17_house21On Saturday 8th July we’re launching Help to Buy on homes for sale at Smith’s Dock - giving more people a chance to get on the ladder at our Tyneside scheme.

Smith’s Dock is North Shields’ historic shipyard; we recently unveiled the first waterfront homes for sale there and have already sold 50% of them - with the remainder available through Help to Buy.


It’s an initiative that sees the Government lend buyers up to 20% of the cost of a new-build home free of charge, meaning they need just 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest.


Our launch event’s a chance to tell customers more about how it works - and how affordable home ownership can be.If you want to join us, drop us a line by calling 0191 580 7999, email us or visit the Smith’s Dock website.

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June 15th, 2017 [ No comments ]

Smith’s Dock’s first award!

by Chris Shaw


Our Smith’s Dock development in North Shields has won its first award - just weeks after we first launched the scheme.


The Offsite Awards crowned the scheme, which we’re creating in joint venture with Places for People, ‘Housing Project of the Year’, namely our modular Town Houses which we created with architects shedkm. It takes the total Urban Splash award count to 395.


Our first homes are for sale at the scheme; the three storey waterfront modular Town Houses offer great views of the Tyne and you can see them here.


We’re also on site with our Smokehouses - 80 apartments at the scheme which we’ll launch next year.

And if you want to know more, check out our Smith’s Dock film.

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ITV features House on the Tonight Programme

June 13th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE


It was good to be featured on the recent ITV Tonight Programme on new build housing.


Our housing industry got a very mixed reception, but you can watch a very positive mention for Urban Splash and our House - as well as an interview with our Chairman Tom at 15minutes in (you may need to sign in to watch).

And if you want to have a come and have a look around our Houses for real, then drop us a line!


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May 25th, 2017 [ No comments ]

Guest blog: George Clarke on FAB House

by George Clarke

I’m always after an excuse to be back in the North East, especially when it’s doing what I love – designing new homes.

I was chuffed therefore to join Urban Splash and Places for People at Smith’s Dock to announce my plans for FAB House, my first pre-fab home collaborative which will see ten town houses launch at the waterfront scheme in North Shields as a complement the 24 shedkm-designed Houses which are already on site.


I’ve long had a passion for creating modular homes and bringing something different to the market; I’ve spent the past few years doing my due diligence and market research and this is absolutely the right place for me to bring my ideas to life.


Walking around site and seeing the brand new homes there made me realise how well my own concept will fit. Watch this space for details of my future announcements.

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May 12th, 2017 [ No comments ]

We’re small developer of the year!

by Chris Shaw


I had a brilliant night at the RESI Awards in London - not least because Urban Splash received the Small Developer of the Year accolade while I was there!


We’ve had a brilliant year across the business, especially in our residential efforts. One of the reasons we won this award was for our creation of House, which is now on sale at two sites in Manchester and North Shields, with a third at New Islington already fully sold out and completed.


Other notable residential achievements in the year included our completion of the first 260 homes at Park Hill - all of which are occupied - and our creation of new rental homes at Velvet Mill.


The award takes our running total to 392 accolades, see them all here.

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We were delighted to hear that our Park Hill in Sheffield (seen here in its original 1960s glory!) has been shortlisted for the World Monuments’ Modern Century campaign to find the buildings around the world that matter to people.


The campaign is calling on architecture fans to vote for the ‘modern architecture site that moves them’; the Grade II Listed Park Hill was submitted to the list after global experts, architects and architecture students nominated their favourite buidings.


Park Hill’s in great company in the list so we’re pretty chuffed! We completed the first 260 homes there last year and have recently hosted a public consultation to showcase our plans for the next 200 homes and workspaces that we’ll soon be creating (see image above for what they’ll look like!).

If you love it as much as we do, give us a vote now by clicking here.

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A great new space at the Yard

April 19th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


We’ve made even more great spaces for our tenants in Plymouth by opening the new common areas at Residence Two, Royal William Yard.


The new spaces show how committed we are to creating commercial communities and this new space is all about bringing the Residence’s awesome mix of tenants together.


The new amenities include a meeting room with TV and presentation screen, communal wifi and a ‘snug’ for informal collaboration - with power points for laptops.  We’ve also installed a great new kitchen complete with coffee machine, smoothie machine and a blackboard wall for community messages to encourage a bit of fun and to help tenants take ownership of the space.


A new chill out area gives tenants and their teams the opportunity to get away from their desks - and it leads out to a beautiful garden with deckchairs and table tennis; we’ll soon be adding an outdoor meeting area and bike racks here too!

We made sure the new space was put on tenants’ radars with a bit of a launch party with more than 40 of the Yard’s occupiers in attendance; a local DJ manned the decks and local brewer Bulletproof provided the beer. Nice weather meant we all got to experience the garden too!

Just three workspaces remain at the Residence Two building; if you want to get involved and give your team access to the awesome new facilities we’ve added, then drop us a line.

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April 3rd, 2017 [ No comments ]

Guest blog: Introducing new Spaces in Liverpool

by Adam Stamboulid


I’m so happy to announce that Spaces Ropewalks is now open! Spaces, for those of you who don’t know, pioneers the concept of co-workation, giving businesses of all sizes a space in which they can think, create and grow.

spacesblog_mar17_5We teamed up with Urban Splash last year to bring our concept to Liverpool and have been working with them since to create an additional offering at Tea Factory, meaning the building can now accomodate anything from one desk with us, up to 11,800 sq ft units with Urban Splash themselves.

spacesblog_mar17_2The fabric of the Tea Factory was such a great backdrop for us to work with. What we’ve been able to create there is a pretty unique and awesome space; a creative platform that we want to fill with an international entrepreneurial community.

spacesblog_mar17_3And being located in the Ropewalks, all the businesses here will benefit from a great location with adjacent shops and restaurants and Liverpool Central station just a five-minute walk away.

So, whether you’re looking for a single desk or more spaces, we’re offering dynamic work areas for you. Call the team on 0151 3051240 for details.

You can also come and join our first ever networking event in the space on May 2.

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