urbanbubble

Number of Developments

23

Ratings

4.61 Rating

Rating (based on 2067 reviews)

Excellent

72.96%

Very Good

21.82%

Average

3.48%

Disappointing

1.02%

Very Poor

0.73%

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 are all residential developments on HomeViews managed by urbanbubble. All are Build to Rent developments whereby residents have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities on site.

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“The Slate Yard is a wonderful place to live. Not only do you have everything on your doorstep, the service from the Slate Yard itself is awesome.” Verified resident, The Slate Yard

“All the staff were great, Emma showed us around the apartment and made the move effortless. Yasminas been brilliant from the start and taken care of everything we’ve needed. Ali and the concierge team have always been professional and welcoming. Sarah at the gym and amenities Knows her stuff and I can see how excited she is to welcome us all. I can’t recommend the building enough for people looking for a genuine five star experience.” Verified resident, West Tower.

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Amazing Place to Rent

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Review Date Apr 2021

This is a very conveniently positioned residence. Its in the heart of birmingham in a safe and secure area with all the shops and local amenities at your doorstep. The design of each apartment is modern and fresh which makes it a pleasure to live in. The management are always on hand to help with any questions or queries and will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Everyone is very friendly including the staff, management and the residents.

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An amazing place to rent, convenient and vibrant. Conveniently located in the heart of birmingham with easy access to local bars and restaurants and the best of the best shopping is available at your doorstep. The apartments are modern and well insulated and there is little or no noise from neighbouring residents. The bin area is conveniently located in the lobby and is open 24/7 and there is a co-co located on site for those emergencies.

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

Parking is a very big issue. I wish parking was included within the rental price, the only options are underground parking which is currently an 8-12 week wait alternatively you need to apply for an annual permit.

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

At present we have not had any problems which are to be reported, its been just over a month and everything seems to be smooth sailing.

5
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
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Manager Response

Thank you so much Aly & Syeda!

Your words read like a smooth, motivational snippet from an official brochure.
Much thanks for that! We’re glad that you have chosen us and appreciate what we have to offer.

See you around!

Buying into a lifestyle…if it’s built!

My experience with spring wharf has been up and down. Most staff couldn’t help you enough (with the easy things) but sometimes the nitty gritty has been painful to get dealt with.
I don’t think it’s a bad service, but the standards have to meet the presentation. A little more honesty for timelines & facilities.

I felt that moving in and getting us here was easy. However a few areas like the residents lounge fell a little flat of the expectation.

Also timelines, we still live within a building site, which was to be completed 6months who from when I moved it.

It’s merely a situation of don’t sell me what you don’t have until you have it. Or discount it until
You do. I bought it to a lifestyle and haven’t yet received that.

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

Dislike heavily- the main road outside it’s like a race track on a daily basis

Heat-the flats hold a lot of heat to a unbearable level. If the worlds going to increase building insulation then add air con. Passing out from heat has been closed. Having a pet would be cruel!

Parking- more expensive that London! £125 per car, per month! (Just ended up clogging up the streets whilst a car park below isn’t being used)

Likes-building design, gym, bbq ares, residents
Deck!

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How noisy the main road outside is (I wouldn’t have moved in)

How hot the flats become

The kitchen/living room combo (too small, to enjoy)

4
Facilities
4
Design
1
Location
3
Value
3
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Location & Staff Are Great, But The Price Doesn’t Justify The Quality

I have been living at Spring Wharf for over a year now and as much as the location is great, and the staff incredibly friendly I’ve found there’s more reasons not to live her than there is to live here. I’ll keep it short and sweet.

The Good:
– The kitchen is great, it might be small but the marble tops are nice, the oven and large fridge helps keeps us stocked for weeks on end.
– The staff are very friendly and are always there to take in your deliveries for you.
– Communal bins makes it easy to throw away your rubbish whenever instead of waiting for “bin days”.
– The small gym is nice for a quick session, but anymore than 4 people inside makes it feel cramped.
– The flat is new, modern and looks tidy, with nice bathrooms, plenty of storage and nice lighting.
– It’s based near the river, meaning easy access to bike paths.

The Bad:
– They charge you £300 to have a pet, then a monthly fee of £50, making it almost £1000 a year to have a cat/dog in the flat.
– They charge you £150 a month for a parking space, even when most of their spaces are empty.
– In a year of being here, they have only cleaned our windows once.
– When moving in, the flat was dirty, and we had toilet issues for weeks.
– We have had a 60cm crack in our window for 6 months, they said they couldn’t fix it.
– This is the noisiest flat I have ever lived in. The main road makes it impossible to relax in the day and impossible to have windows open at night due to the road and students walking past frequently.
– No air con, and due to the large windows the flats get insanely hot in the summer. One day it was 34C in our flat, and that’s with all of the windows open and blinds pulled. Summer days average 24C with our windows open, we leave the flat too cool down. In winter though, it does stay warm.
– “Free” internet is okay for downloads, but if you are uploading anything it’s very slow.
– Bikes get stolen a lot here, and one day I found out through a Facebook post on the Morland Road group days before Spring Wharf informed us. Now everyones bikes are jammed into two lock ups making it hard to find a place to lock it up safely, many actually keep their bikes in their own flats for safety.
– I once found a homeless man outside my door shouting up the corridors trying to open other residents doors. So somehow they can get in through the front locked doors.
– Outside communal area is overlooked by lots of flats, so its not very private. It feels as if you’re always being watched, so not many seem to use it.
– We have had continuous problems with the main access doors. Sometimes the doorbell doesn’t work, sometimes the door itself won’t open and so on, many times we have had to go down to let anyone in.

I know this review sounds a bit disheartening, but when you’re paying very high rent prices you don’t expect to have bikes stolen, or homeless people outside your door, dirty cracked windows and payment problems their end when paying rent.

My main reasons for leaving in the coming months is due to the noise from the roads, the heating problems in the summer and the high rent prices. When I first made interest in renting I mentioned the parking and pet rates, they said “we can sort something out for you”, and when I got in, they then couldn’t help me and wanted to charge me £300 for a pet, and £200 a month for the pet and parking moving forward. And that’s on top of the £1250+ rent for a 2 bed.

It looks great on the outside, but on the inside its fairly average.

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

The local area and location is very good. You’re just out of the city, which means you don’t get too much hustle and bustle. There’s a couple of local shops, Morland Road is 5 minutes walk away and Pure Gym seconds away.

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

I wish I knew about the noise that the roads makes, the heat in the summer and the low quality security. I asked them if bikes get stolen what they do to help their residents, and apparently “its your own risk”.

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

Building management respond fairly quickly, and are always there to help. When we moved into the flat it was dirty and the toilet system was broken. We cleaned the flat ourselves and management fixed our toilet in a couple of weeks. But the crack in the windows is too small to fix apparently, even if it is half way through a plain of glass.

3
Facilities
2
Design
4
Location
2
Value
2
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Enjoy living here a lot!! A couple of issues but overall, it’s lovely!

The design of the building is lovely. The gym is very good although the size of it means that if its got a couple people in already it is difficult to use and being located a little bit of a walk away from my building, it means I don’t use it as much as I would like as it is is usually full when I do walk to it. If we have any issues then the maintenance man will usually come to help, although this hasnt happened often so not sure how efficient this is for other people who have had more issues. I am disappointed that in the last week there were builders of some sort on the roof that my bedroom window is connected to. At 9am in the morning they were directly outside of my bedroom window making a lot of noise and I had no prior warning that they would be there. To make it worse, when I was showering about half an hour after being woken up, the maintenance man knocked on my door to say that they would need to run an extension lead through our flat and I was stood in a towel and he tried to come in. I wouldn’t have been as bothered by this had I had prior warning of any work being done that morning, and if I had been informed, I would have avoided showering at this time of day and also would have been expecting the noise that early in the morning. There is also no private green space that I feel comfortable using as the shared garden area has flats that look out onto it. For example, if I want to sit and have some wine with my partner, or sunbathe, I feel like everyone sat in their living rooms is watching me or would be disturbed by us talking. Lastly, we are mainly looking to move out due to other reasons, but due to the heat being so bad in the apartments (probably due to the triple glazed windows) we have been actively looking to live elsewhere as it is insufferable to be in the flat when it is warm out and we cant afford an air con unit. We also cant open the windows as we live in one of the flats that are on the main road side which is very noisy.

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

Location is very convenient for both walking and public transport. Parking is okay, although very expensive to park which has caused us to look elsewhere as we can’t afford to park our car at Spring wharf for much longer. Additionally, having visitors is difficult as the free parking is limited to 3 hours and it is unclear to us how we can have visitors park for longer periods (for example if I have family stay for the night). Shops are close by and easy to access.

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

How hot the building gets when the temperature increases outside even slightly, it is so hard to be inside without aircon which we cant afford. Road noise also.

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

Usually sorts any issues out fairly quickly, not much experience of things going wrong though.

4
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
4
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An oasis in the centre of Manchester City

When we saw the property we fell in love with it straight away. The flexible living arrangements are brilliant with the choice of furnished part furnished or unfurnished and the about to add paint and pictures to the walls. The support and service you get on site from the concierge team and facilities is amazing. All the team are super friendly too. The communal area is great and I have also used it for work away day meetings… with a nice view of the river, great design and furnishings and unlimited free coffee. The gym is super convenient too.
We have also attended some great arranged social gatherings such as wine tasting and book club… recently in lockdown this has continued virtually and we have taken part in the virtual weekly pub quiz, cook along and pamper night. The only reason I haven’t scored all 5s across the board as it is just missing secure/ fenced off areas to let the dogs out off the lead.

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The Slate Yard is in such a great location. A short walk to work in central manchester, great bars, restaurants and a cinema a walk away. You can also get right on the river which is great for us having dogs. The free bus runs at the end of the street at peak times if you don’t fancy a walk in the rain or need to get to manchester Piccadilly station. 5 stars

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

Get involved with social events they are great but not enough people participate

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

More secure space to let the dogs out and off the lead…more dog social events or even organised on site day care or dog walks etc
More affordable parking for visitors and a bigger gym.

4
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
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