Exhibitions

It Will Never Work: 25 Years of Urban Splash 1993 - 2018

​Urban Splash profess to have started without a plan. At every step ‘it will never work’ has been a call to action rather than a discouragement. This exhibition explores 25 years of Urban Splash's RIBA Award winning projects in the context they were created and against the specific challenges and opportunities of the day.

It Will Never Work is an unplanned trip from Madchester to Brexit via Easyjet and driverless cars, with a quick history of unorthodox thinking and a few buildings along the way.

In their first 25 years, Urban Splash have won over 40 RIBA Awards. These awards cross the spectrum from Small Projects to the Stirling Prize Shortlist and cover refurbishment and new-build on residential, leisure and commercial schemes. Special awards acknowledge the company’s commitment to Sustainability, Housing and Conservation.

Urban Splash profess to have started without a plan, purposefully ignoring advice and routinely rejecting accepted development processes. At every step 'it will never work' has been a call to action rather than a discouragement.

The company’s maverick presence on the development landscape of the North has changed the way we live, work and play in our cities, and their continued success as 'established innovators' is helping to shape urban futures.

In this exhibition we explore the RIBA Award-winning projects, in the context they were created and against the specific challenges and opportunities of the day.

We try to understand what, in the Urban Splash approach, connects all these projects and cuts across the immediate context to form a consistent body of work and essential ethos.