Three 12 storey blocks, once known as Chippenham, Saltford and Rodney Court, have been empty for over 15 years but are soon to be launched collectively as ‘Tribe’

Tribe apartments

Almost 200 boutique apartments will be built following the renovation of three buildings in east Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington districts.

The three 12 storey blocks, formerly known as Chippenham, Saltford and Rodney Court, have been empty for over 15 years but are soon to be launched collectively as ‘Tribe’.

When ready there will be 192 spacious one and two bedroom boutique-style apartments available for private rent.

Bosses behind the scheme said Tribe has been inspired by the slick European and US style of residential block managed apartments in New York and Paris.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has thrown £7.9m at the project, through a Build To Rent loan.

Manchester council, Tribe Apartments Limited and Rowlinson Constructions, are also involved in Tribe along with Manchester-based architects, Pozzoni.

Nigel Rawlings, of Tribe Apartments Limited, said: “Our aim is to elevate and set the bar in the private rent market in Manchester.

“Renting in many other European cities and US cities is a positive, desirable lifestyle choice, because for years the service offering has been top-notch.”

He added: “Tribe customers will enjoy high quality homes, offering as standard many desirable high-end design features which you’d normally associate with much pricier, luxury apartments. Our aim is to deliver a friendly, hassle-free and reliable service, which makes life easier for our customers.

“From the first viewing, right through to signing your contract and moving in, our dedicated management team will be on hand to make life as easy and simple as possible. There will be no small print or unpleasant surprises after you’ve moved in. What you see is what you’ll get. And what you’ll get will be fantastic.”

Ancoats, Manchester, continues to be transformed

Build to Rent offers finance for private rent schemes which meet the need for good quality, large-scale developments in the private rent sector.

The remaining funds for Tribe were secured through institutional investments managed by Cabot Square Capital.

Keith Maddin, of Cabot Square Capital added: “We’re delighted to be involved in what is a first of its kind Build To Rent residential project in Manchester.

“Tribe is an important part of the wider regeneration of the whole area, which will help create better communities, jobs and greater affluence for local people.

“We believe this model will provide a blueprint for the future of private renting in the UK.”

Marie Hodgson, Head of Area for Greater Manchester at the HCA, said: “The burgeoning city fringe has become one of the most exciting and fastest growing areas of Manchester in recent years, and is a key location in the context of the HCA and Manchester City Council’s Manchester Place initiative.

“The transformation of the Tribe buildings marks the next major step for the area’s residential growth, providing workers, young families and graduates, among others, a vibrant, affordable place to rent on the doorstep of the city centre.”

Bosses behind the project said all 192 apartments are owned by a single landlord, and managed in partnership with one management company Plumlife.

Rents will range from £500 – £725 pcm for a one bedroom apartment. Two bedroom apartments will start from £725 – £900 pcm.

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