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

3.89 Rating

Rating (based on 144 reviews)

Excellent

27.08%

Very Good

50.69%

Average

14.58%

Disappointing

4.17%

Very Poor

3.47%

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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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Location
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Value
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Management
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Living in the Smokehouses

Smiths Dock is a great development of an old dock area. Having watched the construction of the first phase I decided to look at the plans for the whole site. The Smokehouse apartments caught my eye immediately with their unusual design and riverside location.
The apartment fulfilled all my expectations with open plan living and fully fitted kitchen.
A very short snagging list was sorted within a week of moving in and had no issues in the 18 months since.
Some of the communication from the management company has been poor not least their failure to issue an invoice for the service charge for the initial six months despite my requests, leaving me with a double whammy when the next six months worth was due.
Still a great place to live, quiet, secure with good parking.
It’ll be an even better place to live when the next phases of development are completed.

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

Great riverside location near a vibrant and developing area of bars and restaurants.

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

Watch the heat exchange meter… using the heating eats up your credit.

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

Possibly change the communal heating system. It may well be efficient but the cost to heat my thermally efficient one bedroom apartment is similar to the cost of heating my old. draughty four bedroom house! Fortunately the apartment is so well insulated I never need to use the heating.

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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.

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

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.

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

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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Beautiful building and great area, Just be prepared for the high monthly fees!

I absolutely love living in my apartment. The location is perfect and the interior is modern and beautiful with tall ceilings and large fully opening windows. The only thing that lets this building down is the extortionate maintenance fees from RMG and ever increasing energy bills in a contract with Switch2 that you can’t change. If I’d been fully aware of all the extra monthly costs involved when buying this apartment I may have thought twice, but I cannot deny how great this area is and how much I actually do love my flat besides the costs involved. Everyone who lives here are always happy to help each other out when it comes to deliveries and general issues through our Facebook group. Chips is also pet friendly so you’ll see plenty of dogs been walked around the area and in the building.

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I cannot fault New Islington area in general it’s a great place to live and It’s only a 10 minute walk into town or the Northern Quarter. The area is in constant new development and there are many things to do such a nice bars and shops and lovely walks a proud the marina and down the canal. I would especially recommend taking a nice long walk down the canal towards Ashton.

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

That the cladding was unsafe and that we would be held responsible for costs of fire wardens. Also that the communal boiler was not up to scratch and that we would also be held responsible for the cost of buying one that should have been installed in the first place. Also how hard it is to deal with RMG and get information and updates from. It really seems that RMG’s main concern is themselves and finding ways to get as much money from residents as possible.

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

A Property maintenance company that is more trustworthy and the ability to change energy providers

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