10 Manchester property developers rated best for design

10 Manchester property developers rated best for design

We take a look at the 10 property developers in Manchester rated highest for building design by residents. This list of property development companies was decided based on average building design scores from all residents reviewing their Manchester developments on HomeViews.

All the Manchester property developers on the list have at least one development in the city. Where there are more than one, we weighted the design scores according to the number of reviews for each building, then took an average. However, residents are adding new reviews every day. As a result, this list of Manchester developers is sure to change – and be updated – frequently!

Top developer

Top of the list is Build to Rent property developer Get Living. This HomeViews Award-winning company launched New Maker Yards on Middlewood Locks in Salford, Greater Manchester in Spring 2019.

High design scores for this development (4.89) sit alongside impressive ratings for facilities (4.56) and building management (4.47). Get Living also has two highly-rated London locations, and will soon be opening new communities in Glasgow, Leeds and across the UK.

“The apartment is gorgeous, we were hooked the second we walked through the door. All of the appliances and furniture are brand new and top of the line.”

– Harry C, Verified Resident – New Maker Yards (Read more)

The New Maker Yards development by Get Living
Manchester’s New Maker Yards development by Get Living

Podium finish

Legal & General take the second spot in our list of top Manchester developers for design. The company’s Slate Yard and West Tower developments have achieved remarkable ratings from residents in the city.

“The Slate Yard is more than just a rental apartment. It genuinely feels like a home. The apartments are just the right size and well decorated with quality products. Not only is the flat itself amazing but the extra elements such as the ability to personalise and put up pictures the possibility of having pets and most of all the amazing staff just make living here a dream.” (Read more)

– Emily, Verified Resident – The Slate Yard

Leading Manchester property developer Renaker takes the number three spot in our list. The company’s Deansgate Square, Wilburn Basin, One Regent and Cambridge Street developments receive consistently positive reviews from residents on HomeViews:

“I think the place is great its in an amazing location and it’s a great place to live… the facilities are amazing, nice neighbours and I have not experienced any problems here so far.” (Read more)

– Alex G, Verified Resident – One Regent

10 property developers in Manchester rated highest for design

1. Get Living

Get Living

Number of Developments

4.49 Rating (based on 336 reviews)

Our top Manchester property developer is Get Living - a Build to Rent property developer leading the charge for a better way of renting. Their policies include no deposits, no fees and longer tenancies for its residents.

The Get Living team aims to help tenants feel at home from the moment they move in. All Get Living units are designed to be spacious and modern, and are fitted with the latest appliances. Tenants have the freedom to decorate and hang pictures, and enjoy access to free superfast broadband.

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2. Legal & General

Legal & General

Number of Developments

4.57 Rating (based on 232 reviews)

Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international business in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Established in 1836, Legal & General have invested over £19 million in direct investments such as homes, urban regeneration, clean energy and small business finance. Legal & […]

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3. Renaker

Number of Developments

4.54 Rating (based on 128 reviews)

Renaker is a leading property developer in the North West with a track record in design, build and delivery. It currently has around 2,900 new homes under construction. Established in 2006, ‘its business leaders draw upon a unique blend of complementary skills gained from decades of experience within leading industry organisations.’ Renaker's Manchester developments on HomeViews include Deansgate Square, Wilburn Basin, One Regent and Cambridge Street.

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4. More. ‘Superenting’

More. ‘Superenting’

Number of Developments

4.65 Rating (based on 161 reviews)

Launched by Moorfield Group, the More. “Superenting” schemes are designed for the modern ‘Superenter’. Each More. scheme boasts stylish buildings with a range of amenities, bespoke services and shared resident facilities specifically curated to support co-working, wellness and socialising. More. ‘Superenting’ developments include The Forge in Newcastle, The Trilogy in Manchester and Duet, MediaCityUK in Manchester.

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5. JLL

Number of Developments

4.23 Rating (based on 173 reviews)

JLL is an international professional services firm that specialises in real estate and investment management. It has operations in over 80 countries with nearly 300 corporate offices. JLL currently has a number of their developments listed on HomeViews, including The Horizon, One Eighty Stratford High Street and The Hub.

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6. Uncle – Realstar Living

Number of Developments

4.35 Rating (based on 118 reviews)

UNCLE is a UK residential rental company, developing properties across London and Manchester. It is currently owned and managed by the Canadian real estate and property management company, Realstar Group. UNCLE’s values are cemented in the belief that ‘collaboration, kindness and fairness is core to a happier renting experience.’ UNCLE – Realstar Living developments on HomeViews include UNCLE Stockwell, UNCLE New Cross and UNCLE Elephant & Castle. Each development has an on-site resident manager, a cafe and landscaped outdoor spaces.

Read more about Uncle – Realstar Living

7. Urbanbubble


Number of Developments

4.58 Rating (based on 246 reviews)

Based in the heart of Manchester, Urbanbubble is the North West’s fastest-growing residential property management company. It currently manages  Build to Rent schemes across Bath, Birmingham, London and Leeds. In addition, it manages 1,500 rental apartments across Blackfriars, Deansgate Square’s West Tower, Anco&Co and Crescent. Urbanbubble developments Spring Wharf, The Slate Yard and West Tower […]

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8. Town Centre Securities Plc

Number of Developments

4.05 Rating (based on 28 reviews)

Town Centre Securities Plc is a leading property investment company based in the UK. They have over 60 years’ experience in investment, they are “committed to sustainable development” and have developments in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and London. They aim to invest in locations that are likely to demonstrate sustainable growth and work closely with tenants […]

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9. Lendlease

Number of Developments

4.41 Rating (based on 87 reviews)

Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group. It has worked on a number of high profile developments – including the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympics and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. It inspires to ‘create places that leave a positive legacy with a focus on health and safety, customers, innovation […]

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10. Grainger


Number of Developments

4.15 Rating (based on 334 reviews)

Based in the UK, Grainger is a British-based property developer and the UK’s largest professional landlord. It aims to create new communities, designed to cater to the needs of renters. Consequently there are flexible tenancies on offer and a dedicated Property Manager at every development. Grainger developments on HomeViews, include purpose-built neighbourhoods like Tiltman Place and 19-27 Young Street. Grainger is also the developer behind Abbeville Apartments, a residential block currently rated our number one development in Barking.

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See what residents are saying about 20 UK Build to Rent operators providing outstanding service, or discover the Top 10 BTS developers in London – recently updated for June 2020.

Stay up to date with future articles in this series on the HomeViews Industry Blog, or explore our main blog for news and updates on HomeViews resident reviews.

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