Vita Group’s Union – first look at Manchester co-living concept

Union, Vita Group’s first co-living development in Manchester, is close to completion, with first-look CGIs of the development being released.

The reception at Union by Vita Group | BTR News
The reception at Union by Vita Group.

The St. John based co-living scheme by Vita Group has been specifically designed for sharing, taking some of the elements which make professional house shares popular (HMOs/ houses of multiple occupancy), such as flexibility and affordable tenancies which include bills.  

Community is ingrained within Union, providing the opportunity for residents to move into shared apartments and meet likeminded individuals through the scheme’s events and communal spaces.

Union will also provide the essential Build to Rent amenities to residents, such as a resident’s gym, lounge, co-working space and private dining rooms.

Union co-living scheme hub space | BTR News
Union co-living scheme hub space.

Market research was conducted in the city by Vita Group to gain an insight into what young professionals in a variety of industries wanted and needed from their accommodation.

Vita Group have ensured Union feels homely to residents with its modernistic design, offering studios to co-live fours with 1,552 bedrooms across two buildings.

In total there will be 151 co-live fours, 214 co-live threes, 30 two’s, and 242 studio apartments with a mixture of sizes available.

Union bedroom | BTR News
Union bedroom.

“Union has been specifically designed around the needs of Manchester’s workforce, the lifeblood of the city, the graduates powering our tech and creative industries, the retail and hospitality superstars and those working in public services such as nursing. First and foremost, it’s been designed to be accessible, priced in-line with graduate salaries, it’s also been designed to solve problems these audiences face when renting. We understand these young people are somewhat transient when they’re starting out in their careers and making friends, so they need social living with flexible tenancies which don’t leave others on the hook. We know they don’t want to settle for drab interiors, they don’t want to be in places which are plagued with home hazards which lack soul. They want a place which they can be proud of, close to their work and close to the things they love about the city, at a price which represents great value and in a location which brings them closer to their friends and opportunities. We can’t wait to showcase more of Union as we edge closer to opening next year.”

David Ancell, Chief Brand Officer, Vita Group

Each room in the shared apartments contain sleek ensuite bathrooms, double bed, desk space and an LED Smart TV.

The rooms are complemented by a beautifully appointed large social kitchen-diner which has been designed to bring the residents together.

Union kitchen | BTR News
Union kitchen.

The ground floor of the two buildings will become a vibrant community hub with over 4,000 sq ft of leisure and hospitality space which Vita Group is currently in talks with several of the North West’s best operators with some extremely exciting new food concepts in the pipeline.  

It’s the first brand imagery released for Union by urban regeneration specialists Vita Group along with a huge ‘U+NION’ branded mast climber that can be seen across the city, especially from Trinity Way, marking the brand’s presence in the city as building work inches closer to completion.

The first Union building is expected to open in Spring 2024, joining the wider St John’s community and with good neighbours Factory International and Soho House preparing to open later in the year.