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Waterside living standards reach new heights in Manchester, while rents rise across the North West

By Surrenden Invest | May 9, 2018

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have revealed that annual rental prices in the North West of England increased by 1.3% in the year to September 2017. However, rents aren’t the only thing going up in the North West – accommodation standards have rocketed in recent years, as highlighted by the freshly completed Wilburn Basin development.

The development offers an unrivalled standard of accommodation. It has elevated waterside living in Manchester to the next level. The quality of the interiors is second to none and we’re delighted to see such a contemporary and stylish property added to the rental offering in this exciting city market.
We recently spoke with Richard Lynch of Renaker Build Limited, the developers of Wilburn Basin. He has shared why it was important to provide such standout accommodation for Manchester’s rental market.

Wilburn Basin is clearly finished to a very high specification. Why did you feel that such internal quality was important for this development?

We take a pride in the quality of finish in each apartment within all of our schemes. Wilburn Basin was no exception. We do tend to see improvements in a chronological fashion with each development and it was important to us to ensure Wilburn Basin was a step up from recently completed developments we have in the city.

What is the overall vision for the interior of Wilburn Basin?

We wanted to create a space where residents would want to spend time. There are too many developments out there where the entrance is no more than a lift lobby and in many cases the space is simply uninviting. We try to create a space which gives residents a sense of arrival and which sets us apart from other developers.

A great deal of attention has been paid to the communal areas. Why did you feel this was important to focus on?

Wilburn Basin benefits from a fairly extensive footprint, spanning three acres of river frontage. The communal areas have been carefully planned to create a feeling of open space and usable green areas to assist in creating a community.

Why did you choose certain brands within the apartments?

Specifying high-end brands such as V& B and Porcelanosa means we can deliver a better specified and finished product at a better price than our competitors.

Are there any other noteworthy brands featured in the development?

Certainly! We’ve included Bosch appliances, Hansgrohe brassware and provision for BT, Sky, Virgin and Hyperoptic. Whilst many other features and fittings within the apartments and communal areas aren’t necessarily from recognised brands, all have been chosen for their quality and aesthetics.

Did you appoint an interior designer to style and dress the development?

Vivo Interiors (local to Manchester) dressed both the show apartment and communal areas. Planting within the blocks was undertaken by Urban Planters. Meanwhile the lighting scheme – a feature of the main reception area and the entrance lobby to Block A – was designed by Troup Bywaters & Anders.

Do you feel that the standards expected today, in terms of interior design and finish, is higher today?

The level expected from owners has certainly risen. Features such as cinema rooms, fitness centres and business centres are now expected by both investors and tenants.

How much value do you feel the interiors of Wilburn Basin add to the development?

The interior finish of Wilburn Basin, both in terms of the apartment interiors and the communal areas, certainly falls into the luxury category. This adds significant value to the scheme.

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