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 on which we have been working recently.

Anchorage Gateway, Manchester, UK

Anchorage Gateway, a major residential scheme by Cole Waterhouse, will deliver up to 290 new apartments in Salford Quays within a 23,285m² building, designed by Chapman Taylor.

The design creates a 29-storey building, made up of ground, mezzanine and 27 levels of residential accommodation offering 290 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The scheme also includes 372m² of commercial space, two shared residential landscaped terraces on both the mezzanine and level 19, a feature ground floor staircase and rooftop penthouse apartments that have extensive private terraces.

The regular, elegant form steps in its massing at the 20th storey, with the slimmer plane extending to the top. Each building "blade" is topped by an architectural “crown”, within which external terraces will provide pleasant outdoor spaces for the warmer months, including a residents’ rooftop garden with dramatic views over Salford Quays and the Manchester skyline.

The L-shaped building footprint maximises the opportunity for active street frontage, helping to foster a vibrant scene at street level. This will help improve the pedestrian experience of the site, which is used by workers, residents and visitors due to the nearby Metrolink tram stop.

Flax Place, Leeds, UK

Designed by Chapman Taylor, Flax Place is a well-located, 350-apartment scheme with 11- and 15-storey towers. Attractive, modern, open-plan apartments are provided throughout the scheme, with the predominantly one- and two-bed unit mix reflecting current demand in Leeds.

Workstations within the two- and three-bed apartments enhance the ability of residents to work from home, while full-height windows provide extensive natural light into each apartment. Seven fully accessible apartments are provided for the benefit of people with restricted mobility. A new residents’ courtyard will provide an attractive external space for socialising and relaxing, while the open frontage to Richmond Street will create a shared public space that connects seamlessly with the local area.

An on-site, 46-space car park will also include electric vehicle charging points and 36 motorcycle spaces. In addition, the scheme will encourage a car club and car-share spaces to further reduce emissions. 350 bicycle spaces for residents (26 for visitors) are provided in the scheme.

Situated in a prime location in the Richmond Hill district, close to Leeds city centre, the 0.5-hectare site is also near to popular areas such as Kirkgate and its Victoria Gate development, South Bank and the theatre district. The location is well served by good public transport and pedestrian links to the city and the River Aire.

Castle Park View, Bristol, UK

Castle Park View will regenerate a brownfield site in a prime location on the south-eastern corner of Castle Park. A 26-storey tower, the tallest structure in Bristol, and a 10-storey block will book-end the main building, which fronts onto a park.

The strong built form along the northern boundary will be reminiscent of the old castle wall which once stood on the site. The landmark building will provide 375 high-quality homes through a mixture of Build-to-Rent and affordable housing. Car/bicycle spaces and leisure facilities are also provided, along with a 24/7 concierge reception.

Chapman Taylor, acting for Linkcity, was responsible for the architectural design of Castle Park View, and we are now working with Bouygues UK on the construction phase and interior design, which is scheduled to complete in 2022.

Kampus, Manchester, UK

Kampus is a new residential development in a prime location in Manchester city centre. The site, formerly part of Manchester Metropolitan University, will see over 500 apartments being delivered in new-build and refurbished buildings entirely for the Build-to-Rent sector, plus a mix of flexible, commercial spaces.

Joint venture development partners Capital & Centric, Henry Boot Developments and Mount Anvil plan to create two floors of independent restaurants and bars around a lush garden, adjacent to the Rochdale Canal. The development will provide much-needed urban green space and a relaxing environment for residents and visitors.

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

Sawmill Court, Manchester

Sawmill Court was one of six developments within Phase One of a Manchester Life Development Company programme which saw more than 1,000 predominantly privately-rented homes developed on the eastern edge of the city centre.

Delivered in 2018, the scheme provides 158 1, 2 & 3-bed rental apartments complete with a residents’ courtyard and lobby, secure car and cycle spaces and a club room and gym for residents. It also hosts a number of commercial units, which provide an active frontage to the street and form a gateway to the residents’ courtyard, contributing towards the emergence of Ancoats as one of the city’s most vibrant and attractive neighbourhoods.

Chapman Taylor was appointed as Delivery Architect on the Sawmill Court scheme, developing the detailed design set out by the Concept Architect in the detailed Employers’ Requirements for Eric Wright Construction, the principal building contractor.

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 an 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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