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

3.88 Rating

Rating (based on 140 reviews)

Excellent

26.43%

Very Good

51.43%

Average

14.29%

Disappointing

4.29%

Very Poor

3.57%

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The initial design of the development is poor as some flats have access to the intercom and others do not, meaning some residents are not able to allow visitors in through the gates (which are always broken anyways) without having to leave their flat. The lifts are always breaking, postage parcels are constantly getting stolen due to the incompetence of the security/building management team, who despite thousands of pounds worth of parcels being stolen this month alone still refuse to accept parcels or come up with a solution to stop thieves from getting into the complex. The gym is a basic gym with simple equipment but for the cost (£35 induction and no monthly fee) you can’t really complain as it offers similar equipment to the gym over the road. The gates are always breaking, you can gain access to the lakeshore building by the second and third floor without a fob (which has been broken for at least a year) so anyone can gain access to any flat they want in either the Lakeshore or Copperbuilding development(both are linked via level 2) . And in an area which has had its issues with antisocial behaviour and thieves etc this is something which should be addressed but still hasn’t been. And the fact I have to pay £60 a month to park my car in a car park that isn’t even secure on top of rent/mortgages (that’s right you don’t get a parking space when you buy!) is just the cherry on top.

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

Location is great as next to local shopping complex and with transport links into the city centre. However it is located in a rougher area so people outside the complex are not as friendly.

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

The electric meters are located on the second floor and you need to have a member of the building management team allow you access to them, water meters are also required to be accessed by the building management if you do not own your own property and are renting

What is the best feature of your home:

The general lay out of the flat is smart with modern design and lots of smart storage

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Wouldn’t recommend

The longer you live here the more you realise it is pretty overpriced and the ‘facilities’ aren’t that great. Car park is run by a private company charging £60 a month and gym is never open. The actual layout of the buildings is a nightmare as the two buildings are very close and face each other meaning you are constantly paranoid that your neighbours can see you through the window. Always have issues with the front gate, living in this area it is important that the gates work for security but they rarely do. Nosey neighbours are a massive issue here – there is a Facebook group where everyone just tells each other off and it’s become a place where everyone is in each other’s business and it is hard to do any simple thing without someone else complaining about it. Wouldn’t recommend living here to be honest, overpriced, cheaply built and poorly designed with miserable residents in both buildings.

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

Area is hartcliffe which is notorious in Bristol for being rough – lives up to its name most of the time. Reasonably Good transport to Bristol city centre but not really anywhere else.

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

Terrible neighbours. Rough area. Everything is always breaking as cheaply built.

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

The design of the building – when we moved into lakeshore the other building wasn’t built yet – we didn’t realise the lack of privacy the new building opposite would bring to our daily lives.

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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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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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Value
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