Urban Splash has commissioned more national RIBA Award winning schemes over the past 10 years than any other client, analysis shows
A study of RIBA Awards data from 2006 to 2015, carried out by the AJ, shows that the Manchester-based developer founded by Tom Bloxham and Jonathan Falkingham is behind 11 RIBA National Award-winning buildings compared with six each for its three nearest competitors: Grosvenor, the National Trust and cancer care charity Maggie’s.
Urban Splash suffered badly in the recession and, prior to refinancing last year, saw its post-2008 activities severely restricted by its debt burden. However, the developer still won RIBA National Awards for its Saxton housing scheme in Leeds, designed by Union North, and the first phase of the Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West-designed revamp of Park Hill in Sheffield, in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Bloxham said he was delighted by the findings and that architecture ‘is in the firm’s DNA’.
He added: ‘Great architecture is part of the reason we get out of bed every morning. We like to push it, have some fun with the architects and get as much as we can out of every building.’
He said the firm had a ‘whole host’ of projects on the go, including its latest New Islington project Stubbs Hill with Manchester-based Sixtwo Architects and the Smith’s Dock regeneration scheme in North Shields by Simpson Haugh & Partners.
Urban Splash’s RIBA National Award-winning projects
Other key findings from the RIBA National Awards data include the dominance of the London region, which boasts almost a third of all awards over the last 10 years, and the success of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, which has won 22 awards, well ahead of Hopkins, AHMM and Allies & Morrison, which each have 15.
Last year, the AJ revealed that Feilden Clegg Bradley had also won more of the awards over the five-year period from 2010 than any other architect.