About Places for People

Places for People is a place-making and regeneration company who take a commercial approach to delivering social outcomes. It is one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK. In total, the group owns or manages more than 195,000 homes, operates 125 leisure facilities and provides services to more than 500,000 people.

Places for People developments

Ruskin Square is a residential development by Places for People currently featured on HomeViews. It features 161 residential units with a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments in a multi-storey tower in the heart of Croydon. East Croydon station is only moments away with connections into Central London via Southern and Thameslink services. Residents can enjoy easy access to the Centrale Shopping Centre with its range of restaurants and shops.

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Number of Developments

8

Ratings

3.76 Rating

Rating (based on 101 reviews)

Excellent

23.76%

Very Good

50.50%

Average

14.85%

Disappointing

5.94%

Very Poor

4.95%

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Park Hill Flats could be perfect

The design speaks for itself along with the many awards Urban Splash and the architects won for the project. I also think the finishes in and around the development are to a much higher standard than you would normally expect from a “new” block of flats. The large windows allow plenty of natural light and the balcony is a real plus.

The lifts have been a problem in the year I have lived here and the lack of action/urgency to get them fixed has been disappointing. Even more so for those residents who struggle with the stairs.
Many residents, including myself, have found it extremely difficult to get in touch with the building/property management and have often received no reply at all despite numerous attempts. This is incredibly frustrating given it could so easily be rectified by having someone on hand to respond and react to residents concerns in a timely manner. I believe this would complete a fantastic experience living here.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Excellent transport links and walking distance to city centre.
Closest shop is a 10 min walk but there are plans to include one in the development.
Great cafe on site.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Previous owners prepped me well with contact details and average costs per month so there were no shocks when buying.

What is the best feature of your home:

The large windows, balcony, views, finishes and proximity to transport

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4
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Stunning location, great apartment, management would be more effective if we could take it in-house (SEE COMMENT ON PARCEL COLLECTION BELOW)

The building is grade 2 listed, a distinctive monumental structure in concrete and steel, but not ugly. The evening light on the copper coloured facade is stunning. The apartments are open plan, high ceilings, fitted appliances, lots of storage space, balcony directly overlooking the lake. My friend the squirrel visits every day, although I think he thinks I’m nuts.
I own a parking spot so I have no problems there. I have one of the allotments, which I love.
Heating bills minimal.;in fact heating has been turned off for a year. flat still habitable!
Urban Splash, the developer, and RMG, the maintenance company are a little better than they were, but that is not saying much
OTHER REVIEWERS HAVE MENTIONED THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH PARCELS LEFT OUTSIDE APARTMENTS GOING MISSING.  THE MANAGEMENT HAS JUST (NOVEMBER 19TH) ANNOUNCED THAT FROM NOW ON PARCELS MAY BE LEFT SECURELY AT THE BUILDING MANAGER’S OFFICE FOR RESIDENTS TO COLLECT.  MANAGEMENT WILL ALSO GATHER ANY PARCELS LEFT OUTSIDE APARTMENTS FOR COLLECTION LATER BY RESIDENTS

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

About 20 minutes out of town by bike, but plenty of buses, and easy access to the ring road and out of town to the motorways.
Right next door to a retail park, includes M&S Food Hall, pus a Boots and a B&Q. An Aldi has just opened across the road from the park. Nearest cash point and Post Office are a Farmer’s Walk away though.
Quite near Hartcliffe, which hasn’t got the best of reputations

All in all though, very convenient location in ten acres of serene, private green space.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The service charge has come down significantly over the last couple of years and residents need to keep the pressure on RMG to continue that process.

If you don’t already, get to appreciate the wildlife. It’s on your doorstep and a constant source of wonder and delight.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I wouldn’t change anything about the apartment itself, i love it. But the management of the site needs to be improved. The Building Manager tries his best and the security staff are responsive enough but so many issues seem to be kicked in to the long grass. I would like a member of the maintenance company to be on site say two days a week to deal with residents’ problems. And the security office should have a list of telephone numbers to deal immediately with emergencies.

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5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
Management
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Could be a wonderful place, badly managed.

Inside of property is lovely, spacious and well designed with a modern feel. Initial price was reasonable, however urban splash tried to increase the monthly rent price in September. Increased price was around £70 more per month which was unfair on people struggling during a pandemic. Locked into an external compartment to give us water bills, we have been here 13 months and still haven’t received a bill. Urban splash have tried to force people into signing a new year contract instead of allowing people to be on their rolling contract as stated in initial contract. No repairs done by urban splash and we have contacted regularly, we had some safety concerns regarding gates being broken for several months as this is meant to be a private gated community and we get a lot of kids/ randomers walking through gates. Parcels often stolen from peoples doorsteps. Building work is very noisy and often started at 8 am without letting us know they will be doing works (I am a night shift worker) and it’s very difficult to work during the day from home eg. on the phone. Sometimes the noise is louder than the TV. The lake is lovely, lots of green space to walk around. Fantastic views from our apartment. Could be a truly wonderful place, very badly run. Would not recommend urban splash to anyone.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Right by retail park, private lake is lovely to walk around. A bit far from town but rent is reasonable. For sale price is expensive.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

How bad the management were. The noise levels that the builders would be.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Boiler/ electrical are very cheap so is very expensive for electricity each month, advertised as an eco flat, not eco at all.

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4
Design
4
Location
3
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Beautiful building in a great location, with lots of local amenities.

Beautiful building in a great location, with lots of local amenities. The design of the building is lovely, open plan and modern with good sized rooms. The building has an area for waste collection, the heating of the building is provided by a collective heat pump, paid for on a meter, removing the need for individual boilers. The finishing of the flats feels slightly rushed, small details which the owners/developers can change such as the thermostat above the radiator make heating difficult (although this is being remedied by the developer). Overall the building management is acceptable (which is run by the development company), however, the maintenance price feels very high for the services received. On a property management level it varies by landlord, but I can only speak highly of mine. Incredibly reasonable, easy to communicate with and always helpful. The flat’s are priced slightly higher than average properties, but comes with a view you won’t get in average properties.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Very good location overlooking the river Tyne. Walking distance to a number of local restaurants and bars, a supermarket and well connected for transport links. Relatively quiet area (except for fishermen) so feels private

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

At present the heating of the flats is flawed due to incorrectly calculated BTUs of the radiators (although this is being remedied by the developers)

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I would change the location of the thermostat away from above the radiator as this causes the heating to cut out earlier than it should

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Design
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Location
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