EYEWITNESS IN MANCHESTER PEOPLE

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE THE TOM BLOXHAM QTVR PANORAMA - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PLUG-IN
MANCHESTER PEOPLE: TOM BLOXHAM TOM BLOXHAM - Chairman of the Urban Splash Group

Tom Bloxham is a pioneer of urban renewal in Manchester and Liverpool. His company Urban Splash is one of the most successful in the country, and has won many awards. He first showed his entrepreneurial flair at university, when he supplemented his grant by selling records, then posters.

Soon, he was changing the face of Manchester and Liverpool by buying up and renovating old buildings that others thought fit only for demolition. Afflecks Palace, Ducie House, Smithfield Buildings, have all been restored and given a new lease of life by Urban Splash.

Good design is an integral to the company, as is the desire to provide reasonably-priced apartments tailored to the customer's needs. Thanks to Urban Splash, the centres of Manchester and Liverpool are becoming better places to live and work, saving greenfield sites from being buried under urban sprawl. He's made the job of "property developer" socially acceptable, and is closely involved with the Big Issue charity, which helps homeless people. See the FULL INTERVIEW


Born: Fleet, Hants 20 Dec 1963 Spent childhood in: South London Lived in Manchester since : 1982 Place of residence: Worsley Training: Manchester University, Degree in History and Politics
What makes Manchester unique?
There's a great stock of interesting buildings, and interesting venues for bars and restaurants and living spaces..., the friendliness of the people and the pride of the community in our city.

Is there anything about Manchester that could be improved?
I'd like to see more conversions of the derelict buildings, and I'd like to see a world class building coming to Manchester, like the Sydney Opera House.

Which places in Manchester do you like to go to?
Mash & Air, Heathcotes, little curry houses in the N Quarter, Castlefield, Atlas.

Recommended Manchester people:
Bobby Langley, Nick Johnson, Jenny Thompson, Jim Ramsbottom, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs. See the FULL INTERVIEW


close window