The UK’s 10 Best Build to Rent Schemes for Design

The UK’s 10 Best Build to Rent Schemes for Design

The 2022 HomeViews Build to Rent Report includes the industry’s most in-depth study of the very best developments and developers – according to the residents themselves. Design ratings for BTR schemes were the highest ever in 2021, according to the report. We take a look at the ten highest rated developments for Design in the report and discover why this sector continues to perform so highly in this area.

HomeViews reviews show that Design has always been a strong point for Build to Rent. In 2021, BTR tenants almost always gave a higher rating across all HomeViews categories than tenants in BTS developments – regardless of the building’s design type. Interestingly, the report also found that larger BTR developments (more than 350 units) outperformed smaller developments on Design scores.

What makes a Top Development for Design?

The difference between the highest and lowest rated buildings for Design came down to quality and how well things were designed to last. We took an in-depth look at one of the Top 10 highest rated buildings for design – 8 Water Street by Vertus – and spoke to AGC BTR, the interior designers responsible for the scheme.

Interior Design in Focus: 8 Water Street

As a new building, 8 Water Street has perhaps yet to be fully tested. However, with such high design scores and a 4.8/5 for Repairs and Maintenance, residents are clearly highly satisfied. To compete in the Top 10 list the scheme’s scores are a testament to the highest quality of luxury living and providing residents with the ‘wow factor’ in the finer details of their home.

“Design: Sublime… the interior architects and interior design team did a phenomenal job. From the moment the reception doors open, you can tell that no detail was spared. The common elements (entry, hallways, snug, dining, etc.) are incredibly inviting… modern bones with warm woods throughout… The finishes make it feel as if we’re staying in a 5-star hotel.”

Todd Steward, Verified Resident on HomeViews, 8 Water Street by Vertus, Nov 2020

The building was rated the number 1 BTR development in London for Design with an average Design score of 4.92 out of 5. It was also the number 1 BTR development overall for London in the HomeViews 2021 Resident Choice Awards, and Vertus was the highest-rated BTR operator in the report, with a towering design score of 4.86.

“We really enjoyed working so closely with the Vertus team, curating spaces and homes for residents where the emphasis on quality and design is truly valued by the tenants.”

– Tori Mitchell, Associate at AGC BTR, Interior Designers for 8 Water Street

Interiors and communal spaces were designed by AGC BTR – the interiors specialists set up by Accouter Group of Companies for the more premium BTR market. Working closely with Vertus, they put together a more considered and sophisticated scheme for residents with a neutral calming palette and high quality fixtures and furnishings, and extended this feeling of tranquillity to the outside spaces.

Alastair Mullens, Managing Director at Vertus, commented:

“When selecting our interior design and furniture for 8 Water Street the most important thing was that it reflected the high-quality and comfort of our offering at Vertus. We know how significant it is for our customers to have a powerful first impression when they see the amenity spaces and apartments. What, however, is almost more important is that the furniture is comfortable, practical and durable.”

Top 10 Build to Rent developments rated for design

Please note: ratings shown below are for the development’s overall Star Rating – this list is ordered according to rankings for the Design review category, correct at time of publishing the Report (March 2022).

Duet MediaCityUK, M50

4.89 (122 reviews) 4.89 (122 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
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In first place is Duet – now managed by JLL but previously managed by More. ‘Superenting’ and Allsop Letting and Management until April 2022. It is adjacent to the bustling MediaCityUK on the waterfront in Salford Quays. There are wide range of local amenities, including 15 bars/restaurants, shopping outlets, leisure facilities, a cinema, a theatre, and a nursery. The development comprises 270 pet-friendly one, two and three-bedroom apartments to rent. In addition, the building also provides a 24-hour concierge service. Finally, it offers extensive communal spaces, including a fully equipped private gym.

Read reviews and details of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

Vox, M15

Allsop Letting and Management
4.92 (112 reviews) 4.92 (112 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
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In second, Vox, managed by Allsop is located just off the A56 in Manchester. Vox offers a collection of 1,2 and 3-bed apartments. Moreover, they are only a short bus away from the city centre. In addition to underbuilding parking, there is also storage for over 280 bikes. These are monitored by CCTV and stored behind fob operated doors. Other facilities include a gym, roof terrace and residents lounge.

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8 Water Street, E14

4.20 (37 reviews) 4.20 (37 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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8 Water Street takes third place in the list and comprises 174 apartments. Residents can enjoy access to a landscaped private garden. This overlooks the South Dock and the quiet boardwalks and floating pavilions of Water Square. The development also boasts luxurious interior design throughout and an expansive roof terrace – the largest outdoor space in the Vertus portfolio.

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New Maker Yards, M5

Get Living
4.58 (180 reviews) 4.58 (180 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
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In joint fourth place is New Maker Yards, featuring 275 homes. These are a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Middlewood Locks. The development is located only 10-minutes away from Salford Central and 14-minutes from Spinningfields and Manchester city centre. In addition, residents have access to a wide range of amenities, including 24 hour security, Seven Bro7hers bar & restaurant and a Co-op store. There is also a residents’ club room for a connected workspace, big screen, and free coffee.

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Mustard Wharf, LS1

Legal & General, Urbanbubble
4.66 (63 reviews) 4.66 (63 reviews)
Area guide to Leeds
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Mustard Wharf joins New Maker Yards in join fourth place. This new development is located a few minutes’ walk from Leeds train station. It consists of 247 rental apartments in total. All apartments are furnished with an option of 1,2 and 3 bedrooms. Also, all are pet friendly. In addition, residents are able to enjoy various facilities. Some of these include, a residents lounge, a gym, and a 24 hour front of house team.

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The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

4.87 (136 reviews) 4.87 (136 reviews)
Area guide to Salford
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In sixth, The Green Rooms, managed by AmroLiving, sits near Media City in Manchester. It offers a range of one to three-bedroom apartments for rent. Additionally, the development benefits from being pet friendly, waterside views, a residents’ gym and bike storage. The Green Rooms is also just just a few minutes walk from a wide variety of transport links and amenities.

Read reviews and details of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

The Quarters Croydon, CR0

The Quarters by Bravo
4.70 (102 reviews) 4.70 (102 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
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Tied in seventh place with The Slate Yard is long-term letting scheme The Quarters Croydon. This offers residents a stylish and convenient base in this thriving South London suburb. There are 151 high-specification studios at the development, with Croydon station only a 4-minute walk away. Trains reach London Bridge in just 14 minutes, while Gatwick Airport is also easily accessible.

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The Slate Yard, M3

Legal & General, Urbanbubble
4.72 (105 reviews) 4.72 (105 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
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In joint eighth place, The Slate Yard is a Build to Rent development located in Spinningfields, Manchester’s city centre. It only a 6-minute walk away from Salford Central. In addition, residents have access to a wide range of facilities including a 24 hour on-site team, a residents’ gym, housekeeping services and a residents’ lounge. The development is also pet friendly.

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10 George Street, E14

4.70 (59 reviews) 4.70 (59 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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In ninth, 10 George Street rises 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf. The development comprises of 327 apartments, which overlook waterside gardens and boardwalks below. In addition, residents have exclusive access to “Club Vertus.” This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge which opens out onto a large, south-facing terrace. Similarly, the 24-hour concierge is available to sign for parcels, arrange for dry cleaning and welcome you home. Apartments come fully-furnished or unfurnished, how you make it your home is up to you.

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Aston Place, B1

Dandara Living
4.91 (484 reviews) 4.91 (484 reviews)
Area guide to Birmingham
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Completing the list in tenth is Aston Place, by Dandara Living, which sits in central Birmingham. Comprising a range of studio to 2-bed apartments, residents benefit from a gym with fitness classes, resident events and car parking. As well as this, the development is just five minutes from Birmingham New Street Station and the business/retail districts.

Read reviews and details of Aston Place, B1

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