Our portfolio of UK Build-to-Rent residential projects

Chapman Taylor’s Build-to-Rent residential portfolio across the United Kingdom includes designing and delivering popular, high-quality developments in major city centres as well as in smaller towns and cities. When we became involved with the sector in 2016, Build-to-Rent was beginning to gain popularity as a development format, and our role has allowed us to help shape the discussion about the sector and its future, as well as making us go-to names in the field for those who want to know more.

We have researched and written extensively on the sector and speak regularly at Build-to-Rent industry events, explaining why we believe that Build-to-Rent can play an important part in tackling the UK’s housing crisis as well as helping to provide the basis for a strong sense of community in towns and cities.

Below we take a look at some of the major UK Build-to-Rent projects which we have been working on recently.

Eda, Manchester, UK

Located on a true ‘gateway’ site marking the entry to Salford Quays, Eda is a 29-storey residential tower that comprises 290 build-to-rent apartments in a range of 1-bed, 2-bed, and 3-bed configurations, complemented by a generous amount of amenity space for residents. Helping to ‘anchor’ the tower at the lower levels, both physically and socially, an extensive ground floor and mezzanine level provide residents with well-furnished spaces for working, exercising, and socialising, complemented by external, biodiverse green spaces.

Internal amenities comprise a series of co-working spaces, residents’ lounges, a cinema room, bookable private dining and entertaining facilities, a fully equipped gym, and a dedicated on-site concierge and management team. The development also accommodates 4,000 sqft of commercial space (already pre-let to Co-op Food), two shared residential landscaped terraces on both the mezzanine and level 19, and rooftop penthouse apartments that have extensive private terraces.

Castle Park View, Bristol, UK

Castle Park View has regenerated a brownfield site owned by Bristol City Council and Homes England in a prime location on the south-eastern corner of Castle Park – it delivered 375 new homes, through a mixture of Build-to-Rent and affordable dwellings in the heart of the city. The 26-storey tower is the tallest structure in Bristol.

Active ground-floor frontages to Castle Park are provided through a main entrance lobby, business centre, concierge reception and leisure facilities for the buildings’ residents.

Queen’s Hospital Close, Birmingham

Queen's Hospital Close development in Birmingham was granted planning permission in Febraury 2024. The 55,000m2 mixed residential development aims to revitalise the historic site and contribute to the vibrant urban fabric of the city.

The plans encompass an innovative blend of 189 Build-to-Rent apartments and 759 Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) residential bedrooms. Located on the grounds of the former Birmingham Accident Hospital, the development will breathe new life into the site while honouring its rich heritage. Part of the proposal involves the careful refurbishment of the two remaining listed buildings, ensuring their preservation and activation. These buildings will house communal facilities, including a public café and a gym, fostering a sense of community within the development.

Sustainability lies at the core of the project's design philosophy, with a commitment to achieving a BREEAM Excellent for the new buildings and Very Good for the listed buildings. Through the implementation of a high-performance building envelope and efficient technical systems, the development aims to minimise energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Kampus, Manchester, UK

Kampus is a £250 million new neighbourhood in Manchester city centre by HBD and Capital & Centric. Once home to Manchester Metropolitan University, the site was transformed into over 500 build-to-rent apartments across a range of new build and refurbished existing buildings.

The development hosts a range of independent retail and F&B spaces set around a lush secret garden and central courtyard. Residents also benefit from a private landscaped podium, secure parking and cycle spaces and a rooftop residents’ gym and lounge which boasts unparalleled views across Manchester.

Chapman Taylor acted as the Delivery Architect, with Exterior Architecture designing the green spaces and public realm.


Chapman Taylor has a wealth of international experience across key sectors such as Hospitality, Workplace and Leisure, each of fundamental importance to the success of Build-to-Rent residential schemes. We are perfectly placed to provide innovative, socially and commercially sustainable design solutions that reflect global ideas and trends while providing an all-important sense of place and community for residents.

Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. He joined the UK Board in 2022 and continues to take an active role in developing the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

Michael is a regular speaker at residential and property conferences where he articulates Chapman Taylor’s design approach and skill sets. He is also a RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

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