About Renaker

Renaker is a leading property developer in the North West with a track record in design, build and delivery. It currently has around 2900 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 developments

Deansgate Square, Wilburn Basin, One Regent and Cambridge Street are all residential developments located in Manchester by Renaker currently listed on HomeViews. To highlight – Wilburn Basin has a variety of apartments available on site, all built with Porcelanosa kitchens and Villeroy and Boch Sanitaryware. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities, which include a gym, cinema, residents’ lounge and meeting rooms as well as 24 hour concierge service.

Renaker reviews

“Everything is brand new in the building which is great. There are good facilities such as the gym. Maintenance is ran well and I am yet to come across any problems living in this accommodation. Building is overall very clean.” Verified resident, Wilburn Basin

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Number of Developments

6

Ratings

4.53 Rating

Rating (based on 143 reviews)

Excellent

61.54%

Very Good

34.27%

Average

2.80%

Disappointing

1.40%

Very Poor

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Open, bright, social community courtyard with fountain, well designed building layout, great facilities, sizeable well furnished flats in a decent location for the price!

Since moving out of the very centre of town, living at ALTO has been an absolute treat. The flats all either have a Juliet balcony or a full balcony, the courtyard is a well utilised social space and there’s always people out enjoying it, but never antisocial in the early hours!

There’s a real mix of people living here, of all different ages – parents with kids, professionals from 20s to 60s, and a real local community vibe with the Facebook group!

The different blocks vary in facilities – B, C and D all have garbage chutes but A doesn’t and only has one lift (but is only 5 floors). Block D has the concierge but is accessible to all and post is delivered and kept there. The concierge offers free printing and they’re really helpful with parcels, returns and pickups etc. All buildings have car parks underneath, both internal and external, and there is a safe bike shed inside block A’s internal car park too.

Flats themselves are outfitted with great quality fixed furnishings as standard with soft close on everything, plenty of cupboard space both in kitchen and airing cupboard with washer/dryer and generous storage space, dishwashers in kitchen, large fridge freezer, electric hob and oven with chimney, very efficient ventilation system, large boilers, non-electric showers, and all 2 bed flats come with master & ensuite with shower, decent sized second bedroom and main bathroom with bath. I could however complain about the door layout in the main bedrooms leaving a bunch of dead space unless you juggle the furnishings around a bit.

Views differ from each building, D is a 17 floor tower with views to all sides, while A and C both look into the courtyard at their respective fronts, with the back of A looking to a car park in the grounds and while the back of C looks towards the Audacious Church to the north. Block B is in the middle of the development with views towards the old Cook St Brewery to the back and car park to the front.

Hyperlocal amenities are slightly lacking, there is an NHS docs and a small convenience store (which stocks some absolute basics) right outside the south gates, a few local pubs within stumbling distance that apparently don’t come recommended, but for much more than that you have to walk over the river onto Deansgate/Market Street.

Building designs and layouts are really lovely – slightly aged looking cladding bricks on the exterior, the layout is really designed to maximise the amount of sunlight in the courtyard through the gap on the west side between the tower block D and the shorter block A compared to the others to allow more evening sun. My only gripes are that the layout can however create a bit of a wind funnel on gustier days, and I believe block A at the very least is made of timber frame construction which makes the floors slightly bouncy and the walls (including the exterior!) hollow. That being said, they’re very well insulated and keep the heat in VERY well.

Overall it’s a lovely, sunny, open, bright space with a social community vibe. Still feels like being on holiday 2 months in!

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Well designed secure courtyard and grounds with a fountain, convenience store right out of the gates, walking distance to centre.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

– There’s only one poorly-stocked convenience store in the local vicinity so you’ll have to walk about 5-10 minutes for anything more.
– There’s a charity clothes bin in Block C!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Zenith have an app to report issues and so far it’s been pretty efficient; though they are refusing to take out some furnishings that we have duplicates of because of COVID.

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
5
Value
4
Management
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Best flat(s) in Manchester!

Deansgate square is simply amazing, inside and out. As soon as you enter Manchester you can see the 4 massive high rises standing strong. They look visually amazing and we are proud to be able to point and say “we live there!”.

The facilities are endless, a swimming pool, state of the art gym, tea room!? You literally don’t need to leave the site at all, everything is here.

The management is amazing, nothing is too much trouble. The Conceirge team, especially in south tower make everything run so smoothly.

Our landlords (although private) are amazing also, if only everyone’s landlords were as nice as ours.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Everything you need is on site, gym, swimming pool, tea room, sports hall, social lounge, 24hr Conceirge. However, there are myriads of other offerings just on your doorstep. Deansgate is a 2 minute walk of which the world is your oyster, shops & restaurants galore.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

My only concern before moving into somewhere like this was feeling out of place, with these kind of flats I assumed people would treat other people differently. However, I was completely wrong. Everyone is amazing, don’t worry about it.

What is the best feature of your home:

The views, the flat is amazing but being able to look out onto Manchester’s ever expanding skyline every morning is a true blessing.

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5
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5
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5
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5
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Nice place to live in early 20s

This is a really nice building that is only about 3 years old. The 2 bed apartments are well sized and the communal garden area is really lovely for summer and is a godsend for covid times where you wouldn’t otherwise have private garden space. The concierge are so lovely and happy to help with anything! All parcels delivered there.

If you want the sunshine during summer get an apartment facing the gardens and river for sure. Its a shame they haven’t done anything with the rooftops to utilise sunshine or have a gym.

Downsides are as others have said this does feel like a hall of residence quite often. There seems to be a lot of late uni or early graduation students here who can be extremely inconsiderate. People playing loud music all the time out in the gardens or having parties on their balconies which echo very loudly at unsociable hours. The building is well insulated including windows but even through the floor I’ve been woken by noise. Because of the shape of most apartments they can be quite dark unless you have one that has dual aspect windows. My apartment has had some snagging issues with doors/carpets etc which I probably wouldn’t expect after 3 yrs.

I probably wouldn’t live here long term just because of the somewhat young atmosphere but its good for the short term/if you are into that.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Huge sainsburys pharmacy argos home bargains boots etc 5 min walk away which is very convenient. Easy to walk into town. Lovely view of the river from the gardens. Could be a lil closer to a metro line but most things are walkable anyway.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That there were so many partiers who lived here. I would not recommend to families. Also that the apartments can be a little dark depending on your aspect.

Also it would be helpful for reception to have a welcome pack emailed across with some documents about the building and processes e.g. where rubbish goes etc. You have to work it all out yourself and would be made a lot easier if they sent something to new arrivals!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Really quick to respond and pass you on to their contractors who are used to the building issues which helps speed up repairs!

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4
Design
5
Location
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Perfect for young professionals

The design of the building is very modern and it literally defines ‘luxury city centre living’. The prices are a little bit higher than the average for the area, but roughly equal as it comes to similar newer developments. On the positive side there’s a 24-hour concierge, a gym and a cinema that can be pre-booked to enjoy with friends. However, during the coronavirus most of these amenities are closed down. Balconies are a great perk in the building, but only a limited number of flats have one. There’s still a nice communal garden for anyone who prefers to sit outside.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

It’s really close to the city centre (only about 20 min walk). There is a retail park with a Sainsbury’s, other stores and a gas station right next door to us. The area is pretty quiet and in close proximity to Castlefield where you can enjoy a nice walk or maybe have a drink at one of the few local bars. The building is perfect for young professionals as the average age of most residents is around mid-twenties. There are some of the most popular clubs and restaurants just around the corner on Deansgate. There are good transport links – buses, trams and trains from Deansgate-Castlefield station which is approx. 12 min walk from the building.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Wherever possible choose a flat with a balcony, it really pays off long-term to have your own space as in the summer you can just sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. Some of the apartments don’t have an intercom. Make sure you register with reception/concierge for an online profile as soon as you move in – they notify you via sms when you receive a parcel, instead of you having to check multiple times whether your items have arrived. If you decide to book the cinema, make sure you do it at least a couple of weeks in advance as it gets booked very quickly. You need to fill-in a health survey at concierge to be able to use the gym.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I haven’t personally had any issues with the building or the flat itself, but concierge downstairs and the property agency that represents the landlord seem friendly and helpful.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
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