Build to Rent scheme, Duet is one of real estate private equity fund manager Moorfield’s award-winning More. ‘Superenting’ developments. Moorfield is known as a vanguard investor in emerging sectors, because it pioneers investment in student accommodation, Build to Rent and senior living.
The purpose-built rental development is on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford. Residents rated the building on design, facilities, location, value and management, which achieved the highest overall score of 4.87 out of 5.
“We’re pleased that Duet has been named the UK’s best residential building by our residents. When we entered the Build to Rent market, we put an enormous amount of thought and time into building the brand standards we wanted our schemes to be designed and operated to, always with a hospitality led approach.
“The teams at Glenbrook and Allsop have been instrumental in helping us bring this to fruition through their respective detail focused development and operational management.”Marc Gilbard, CEO, Moorfield Group
A joint architecture and interiors team from architects Sheppard Robson was responsible for Duet’s design. Duet offers residents a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, which are all pet-friendly. Amenities include a private gym, residents’ lounge and coworking space, which earned the building a 4.9 rating. Residents also rated the building management – the 24-hour concierge, resident services and security teams – which achieved a near-perfect 4.95 rating.
“I always feel like it’s those real user scores that are the most important of all. Our work is all about a people-centric understanding. Residential buildings have to be desirable or they don’t wash. We’re very, very proud.”Helen Berresford, Head of the practice’s interiors group ID:SR, Sheppard Robson
Duet is located within the city’s MediaCityUK district, also home to the BBC and ITV. The building earned a score of 4.95 for its location because of its local amenities, which include 15 bars and restaurants, four shopping outlets, six leisure facilities, a cinema, a theatre and a nursery.
“Duet has already established itself as an exemplary Build to Rent scheme in the UK in terms of its design, construction and ongoing management – a credit to all involved.”Rory Cramer, CEO and Co-founder, HomeViews