About Rowlinson

Rowlinson was formed in 1953 and is known for their hard-working ethic and collaborative approach to building. Rowlinson are experienced in the design, construction and refurbishment of residential, industrial and commercial projects.

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Good, larger than average, town houses with garden.

Overall I like the urban design of the layout, as it is linked into the existing victorian grid. The architectural style of the development is quite different to the broader environemnt but overall it works. Also, due to the provision of parking space, the set back from the street is bigger. Considering the inner city location in Manchester dominated by dense terraced housing, the provision of fairly large garden space is a key advantage. The houses are equipped with charging points for electric cars – good for car drivers. What is miss though is opportunities to safely park cycles. We asked for the option to put a bicycle shed on the driveway but that was not allowed as it is a leasehold property with additional rules. It would have been great if, like in the Netherlands, bicycle parking would be integrated into developments. In the end we had to build a shed for this in the garden. The houses are town houses of fairly generous size. For a three bedroom town house 112 m2 floorspace is fairly large in the context of the UK housing market. I wonder though if it is really necessary to have an ensuite bathroom/shower on the top floor, as this takes a lot of space in addition to the family bathroom on the second floor. We would have rather used this space for something else. The ground floor has a guest toilet and an open plan kitchen/living room. There is storage space on the first floor. And the upper floor main bedroom is very large, my estimate would be about 26 m2. We had considered investing in solar panels. But the shape of the roof, with one Velux window does not lend itself easily to be used for solar panels.

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

There are some restaurants/takeaways and convenience stores towards the North and along Princess Road, and also towards the Fallowfield Triangle, where there is also an Aldi branch, the main local shop. Apart from that there is the Asda and other shops in Hulme, about 20 minutes walk away. The Transport links are reasonably good. For car drivers Princess Road provides access to city centre and South Manchester. This is also where the main bus routes are located. Sadly there development is not near a railway or Metrolink station. One problem is speeding on the streets around the development, despite a 20 mph speed limit, also causing some noice. Also Princess Road is a key barrier for pedestrians and cyclists. Though access to Alexandra Park in the West is great, and Plattfield Park in the South East is also in walking distance. There is a lot of on-street parking, which sometimes blocks parts of the pavement. So far this does not yet block the driveways of the properties, even though that’s less important for us as we don’t own a car.

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We should have though more about the suitability of the roof for installing solar panels.

What is the best feature of your home:

The large top floor room is great. We will not use it as a bedroom, but rather as an office/second living room/media room.

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Design
4
Location
3
Value
3
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Positive vs Negative aspects

1. Building design is good but can be improved by have a small balcony in each apartment to get some fresh air…
2. Regarding facilities…its good to have car parking…but the building does not have lift….that’s a negative point as well as there is no gas in the building….everything is on electric meter….
3. Management is okkk….but the people in apartments of building should also be considerate and show respect to others…

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I am happy with the location point…as Aldi and Alexandra park are at just 7-8 minute walking distance…Also bus stop is very convenient….
traffic noise is a bit much but tolerable….while its okkk with bin collection as I did not see any rubbish on road…thats good….but I must say people should be responsible for their after pet…as always walking on the foothpath….its really shame that people with pets are really inconsiderate….

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no smart meter to keep track of energy consumption

What is the best feature of your home:

the best feature is that the apartment is spacious …as well as the big nice cupboard in each room…

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3
Design
4
Location
4
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4
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Great properties

Great design although the shower in the ensuite loses pressure when other water in the house is used apart from this the other things which have been on our snagging list have been minor. The people working on the site have gone above and beyond to help is in any way they could.

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

The properties are in a great location with two local parks and plenty of shops within walking distance

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There were some issues with the lawn not being down when we moved in which have been rectified

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

When we have had to contact anyone they have responded quickly and efficiantly

5
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5
Design
5
Location
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Cleaning before move in was not sufficient

Facilities are good. Cleaning before move in was not sufficient – noticed dirt marks frequently. Small repairs to be made to showering facilities in order to stop possible water damage. Planetrent is a hassle to use, sends frequent mass emails which can sometimes be forgotten about.

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

Frequent anti social behaviour. Low noise. Close transport links and close to discount superstore and Asda

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

Do not travel alone at night or wander the streets.

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature of the house is the layout. The kitchen is spacious.

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Facilities
5
Design
1
Location
3
Value
4
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