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Birmingham Post
Jon Robinson

Urban Splash joint venture enters administration with 160 people made redundant

A total of 160 jobs have been lost after a modular housing joint venture between Urban Splash and a Japan-based giant entered administration.

The US House Group is a joint venture between the Manchester-headquartered property company, Sekisui House UK - a subsidiary of the Japan-based Sekisui - and Homes England who own the remaining 4% of shares.

Both Urban Splash and Sekisui House UK own 48% of the shares each.

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The group owns a number of development sites and a modular building factory in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

Its modular homes have been used on sites such as Wirral Waters and New Islington in Manchester.

At the time of the appointment of Teneo as administrator, the group had 187 employees, with 151 working at the factory with the majority of the remaining employees working at the development sites.

US Modular Ltd had 151 employees at the factory at Alfreton and 140 have been made redundant.

US House Holdings Ltd employed 36 people and 20 have been made redundant.

Teneo will now oversee completion and/or sale strategies for the development sites, while exploring sale options for the factory.

Daniel Smith and Adrian Berry of Teneo Financial Advisory Limited were appointed as joint administrators of Urban Splash House Holdings Ltd, Urban Splash House Investments Ltd, Urban Splash House Ltd, Urban Splash Modular Ltd, Port Loop Holdings Ltd, Port Loop Ltd and Port Loop (Subco1) Ltd (together “the US House Group”) on May 11.

Teneo has recently completed the sale of Studio Retail Group out of administration and been appointed by Missguided to "explore strategic options for the business".

The appointments do not impact the wider Urban Splash group or its operations.

An Urban Splash statement said: "The directors of House – (Urban Splash House Holdings Group) have appointed administrators from Teneo to the company.

"The appointment of Teneo senior managing directors Adrian Berry and Daniel Smith to the company has no impact on the wider Urban Splash group or its operations, which continue to run successfully.

"House is a joint venture between individual shareholders who own 48% of the equity, Homes England which owns 4% and Sekisui House UK Limited, which owns the remaining 48% shares.

"The administrators will oversee completion and sale strategies for the company’s developments."

Joint administrator Adrian Berry said: "This appointment follows various operational issues relating to the factory in Alfreton, which have impacted the wider group.

"We will now look to stabilise the US House Group by providing a platform to complete certain developments and explore sale options for the factory and the other development sites.

"We would like to thank all employees and other key stakeholders for their continued support."

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