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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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Filed under: Royal William Yard, Urban Splash

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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.

Filed under: Park Hill, Sheffield, Urban Splash

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Giving Park Hill a ‘new lease of life’

March 2nd, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Simon Gawthorpe

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I had a big grin on my face when I read this article in the Yorkshire Post. It makes lots of great references to the work Urban Splash and our partners have done at Park Hill.

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The writer, who visited site last week, talks of ’spectacular views’ and how Park Hill’s reputation of old was ‘consigned to the dustbin of history’.

We’ve now completed the first phase and 260 homes, and it really makes me proud to see what’s been achieved. Park Hill being given a ‘new lease of life’ was an impossible task in many people’s eyes and we’ve not only achieved what we set out to do in creating homes, but we’ve created workspaces, a nursery, an art gallery and crucially somewhere the city keeps wanting to use for events (last summer’s Sheffield Design Week launch and Peddler St Food Festival for example). It’s a community now.

Read the full article here and watch this space for Park Hill phase 2 announcements…

Filed under: Park Hill, Urban Splash

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Read my latest interview with Cheshire Magazine, in which I talk about being in business, our plans for hoUSe and my hats..!

The full article features on page 34.

Filed under: Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash, hoUSe

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A whole lot of history

February 3rd, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip

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Take a look at this beautiful gallery of historical images from Royal William Yard.

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Local Plymouth paper the Western Morning News recently featured the images; a fantastic archive of the hive of activity that preceded the new buzzing atmosphere we have here today

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Do you have any old memories of the Yard you can share? Let us know in the comments below…

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

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How I started in business before Urban Splash

February 2nd, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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I was recently invited to be the first guest in the new IKON Digital series. Watch what I had to say about my career, being an entrepreneur and getting started by clicking on the video above…

Filed under: Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash

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hoUSe: according to the Housing Minister

January 21st, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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I read with great interest a recent interview that the Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, gave to Construction Manager magazine, in which he referred to hoUSe as an example of good custom build housing.

His comments come following a site visit with me and the HCA last summer; a wonderful opportunity to show him how we’re helping solve the housing crisis.

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Read his full comments here or the excerpt below.

Lewis was also enthusiastic about the wider adoption of custom build, where buyers have the latitude to determine the look and layout of new homes. He  referred to a July visit to developer Urban Splash’s “House” project in New Islington, where customers can select the size and distribution of space thanks to the modular construction methods used.

“What really struck me at Urban Splash, was the speed of delivery, but also the customisation. The only thing that’s fixed is the outer walls; internally you can lay it out how you want. It’s about speed and therefore choice for the customer.”

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

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Building houses people can ‘have a future in’

January 11th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE

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I listened with great interest over the weekend to the Prime Minister’s plans to release a £140m funding package which will help community groups, councils, housing associations and developers turn around some of the country’s worst council estates.

It’s a welcome initiative and something I’m fully in support of however the Government needs to ensure that each geographical area - even each former council estate - is looked at carefully and that the right solution is created for each.

It’s something we’ve done a lot of in the last 20 years, and you come to realise what’s appropriate and what will work. We’ve been working for example at New Islington in Manchester for more than a decade; it used to be known as the Cardroom Estate and was a notoriously deprived area of the city. Demolition of the existing homes was definitely the best way forward as it paved the way for us, Manchester City Council and other developers to create a new masterplan and ultimately contemporarily appropriate housing solutions as well as workspaces, a health centre, a park, a marina and a school.

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In the case of buildings like Park Hill in Sheffield - we had a contrasting view. Back in the sixties, the vast building of 1000 flats housed hundreds of families and was regarded as an urban utopia. There was no doubt in our mind that retention and restoration was definitely the best way forward and we’ve already converted almost 300 homes there for modern buyers and tenants. We did the same at 3Towers on the outskirts of Manchester - the three buildings there were retrievable and hundreds of people live there.

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This programme is a good start but there’s still much more that needs to be done if we’re to make full viable and sustainable use of the country’s most rundown housing blocks - £140m will not go very far between 100 estates!

Filed under: 3 Towers, Affordable homes, Manchester, New Islington, Park Hill, Sheffield, Tom Bloxham MBE, Urban Splash

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