Issue date: 22 November 2007
The University of the West of England is awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of Design to Tom Bloxham MBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of high quality design, sustainability and regeneration in the built environment, both at a local and national level. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of the Built Environment on 26 November at Bristol Cathedral.
Thomas Paul Richard Bloxham was born in Fleet, Hampshire. He was educated at Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and Manchester University, where he read Politics and Modern History.
In 1992, Tom Bloxham co-founded Urban Splash (Properties), which combined urban regeneration and modern design, subsequently he became Chairman. Since its inception, Urban Splash has created over three thousand new jobs, one thousand new homes and a million square feet of commercial space. Urban Splash became the first private property developer to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prestigious Client of the Year award and has received RIBA awards for all its major developments.
During this time Tom Bloxham has personally received many awards including the: UK Property Entrepreneur of the Year (1998); Ernst and Young National Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1999); North Region Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1999); Northwest Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Institute of Directors (1999); Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Award (2002); Building Magazine Property Entrepreneur Award (2003); and, the North West Insider Property Personality of the Year (2004). In 1999 he was awarded the MBE for his services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.
Tom Bloxham is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, currently sits on the Arts Council, England and is Chair of the Arts Council England (North West). He has advised the government on property matters through the Property Advisory Group, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM); through working groups such as Urban Sounding Board (ODPM) and Urban Task Force; and he has recently been appointed Chair of the Institute for Public Policy Research Centre for Cities Think Tank.
A Director of Liverpool's City of Culture team, Tom Bloxham is also is Chair of the new Manchester International Arts Festival.