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Urban Splash founder elected RIBA fellow

The co-founder of Manchester-based regeneration firm Urban Splash has been named as a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Jonathan Falkingham MBE, who started the company with Tom Bloxham in 1993, has joined a list of just 30 professionals to receive the accolade.

The title is bestowed in recognition of RIBA’s inspirational chartered members, who have shown “a real contribution to architecture, the profession and the community”.

Speaking on the award, Falkingham says: “It’s a real honour to receive this recognition from the world’s leading architecture organisation.

“The 29 other fellows are hugely admirable in their diversity and accomplishments and I am thrilled to be chosen on a par with them.”

Architect Falkingham, who also co-founded shedkm architects in Liverpool in 1991 with Dave King, has been responsible for the transformation of several derelict heritage buildings and brownfield sites here in the North West including Chimney Pot Park in Salford and the Ropewalks in Liverpool.