About Urban Splash

Urban Splash is a British company founded in 1993. The company focuses on regenerating decaying industrial warehouses, mills, Victorian terraced houses and other buildings. Located in Castlefield, Manchester, Urban Splash have created more than 5,000 new homes and 1.5 million sq ft of workspace in over 60 regeneration projects in the 25 years since its establishment. The companies main belief is that “Change is an opportunity, not a threat”.

Urban Splash Developments

Lakeshore is an Urban Splash development that is listed on HomeViews. This development sits in Crox Bottom, Bristol. Offering studio, one and two bedroom apartments, Lakeshore’s a Grade II listed building and the former home of Imperial Tobacco. Residents here benefit from a lake view, acres of green space, as well as, sustainable features.

Another Urban Splash development is New Islington. This development is comprised of 80 town houses. Situated in Manchester city centre, the houses are fitted with balconies overlooking the New Islington Marina. As well as this, residents benefit from car parking, private garden terraces and a resident’s garden.

Urban Splash Reviews

“We love the design of Smokehouses and we’re really pleased that we chose our particular apartment which has views down the Tyne towards the sea. We love watching the sea crashing over the sea walls on stormy days, the different light at certain times of year make it spectacular and we never tire of looking out of the big floor to ceiling window.” Verified resident at Smith’s Dock

You can read more by clicking below to read what residents have to say about living there. If you can’t find your residential development listed on HomeViews, you can click here to submit your listing. Also, if you’re already an Urban Splash resident, click here to submit a review.

Number of Developments

10

Ratings

3.87 Rating

Rating (based on 160 reviews)

Excellent

27.50%

Very Good

49.38%

Average

14.38%

Disappointing

4.38%

Very Poor

4.38%

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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.

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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

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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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Don’t waste your money.

The view is the best thing really, with this being jeopardised due to apartments being built directly in front we will lose this. The cladding on the building is unsafe so we have to have a fire drill every week which is disruptive. the gate to the building gets broken a lot. I have been here two years and the gates been open most of that and it’s a joke, I am glad I don’t drive because I wouldn’t feel safe leaving my car here, I don’t feel safe living here really so We are moving in a months time to get away from the stress and negativity from around here and this building. It’s really disheartening to say as they do look amazing and named after the Pankhurst sisters which is a privilege.

The space in the flat is lovely but odd, there seems like there’s a lot but there’s not it’s tiny, the bathroom isn’t ventilated well at all and moulds a problem. The layout overall is a mess. In winter it’s freezing because it’s badly insulated and in summer you can’t breathe due to the heat.

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Everything is in the city centre there’s two news agents and two co ops all a 10/15 mins walk away. There’s overgrown grass areas and rubbish everywhere, the river runs down the side of us but always looks like a skip.
There’s a bus stop five minutes away and it’s a 20min walk to Victoria train station.
I grew up on this street and I can honestly say I’ve never known it to be so bad around here. Car crashes, fights, noisy neighbours, cars being broken in to, loud noses from cars and trains.

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I wish I’d known everything prior to choosing because I would have looked else where.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Not really. Pointless raising issues nothings resolved.

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The marina, quite literally on your doorstep leads to a relaxing commute along the canals.

The houses really do let in an awful lot of light and also keep heat in really well meaning heating really isn’t necessary for most of the year. The houses feel modern and spacious but as these were the first modular hoUSes, probably suffer from some design flaws later hoUSes have improved upon. Despite that, we’re happy with the property and imagine being here for years to come, in part due to the immediate nursery and school found within less than 5 minutes walk.

The development benefits from a private road which I feel brings the community closer. Often you’ll see neighbours in the car park chatting. The location is great, with the Northern Quarter being just 10 minutes from your front door.

The marina, quite literally on your doorstep leads to a relaxing commute along the canals. During the summer this can be a great spot to hang out and catch some sun, if you fancy a change from your private garden.

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Being so close to the city, in a large houses is great. The area despite its city location often feels quiet, with the marina in particular seemingly in a place you just wouldn’t expect it to be.

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The houses have quite a different set of parts to a traditional house, which can lead to costlier upkeep when things need servicing etc

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

The front of the house/door wouldn’t leak – so frustrating!

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5
Design
5
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While not without its issues, it oozes charm and character and really is the best place to live in Birmingham!

Overall we love the house and the development as a whole. While aspects such as the management company are very poor (you only need to look at RMG on google to know how they’re going to be), the development and community ooze character and charm. The development has a good future with excellent plans in place with the expected completion of Tube Works which will host cafes, a hotel for artists etc. Some elements of the design could be improved, most notably sound insulation between houses which could be far improved for more comfortable living, although the external insulation is fantastic. Bathrooms are of high quality with Grohe taps & Shower and good quality tiling. The IdealCombi doors (exterior) are some of the most sturdy I’ve had the pleasure of using and would spec them on future houses.

The houses should have shipped with EV charging points and solar panels if Urban Splash wants to think ahead, would even gain them excellent media attention if they did… and it would be good to get this installed in retrospect with significant discounts if they acknowledge this mistake.

Phase 1A has a lovely park however it does look like other phases have the worse parks with no paths. There is a significant lack of Bike hoops for guests or locals visiting the public park and hopefully, Urban Splash is aware of this. The naming system of the roads also needs a rethink, even if this means address have to chance as it’s confusing for everyone, most notably delivery drivers (South Loop Park, South Loop, Square, South Loop Green… )

While there are issues, it is an amazing place to live and there is truly nothing else like it in Birmingham. I’m a proud Port Loopian.

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Very good access to the canal with only a 10min walk to Brinley Place / Symphony Hall. Bin collections can be a bit hit and miss but that’s normally for Birmingham… Transport links are okay but could be better if Voi expanded to include this area.

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

It would have been good to know that the Birmingham houses were not receiving smart plugs like the Manchester houses… this is essentially false advertising.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

In some cases very well, but in most cases, they are slow and hard to deal with.

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