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MANCHESTER’S LATEST BUILD TO RENT DEVELOPMENT REACHES COMPLETION

Developer Glenbrook and Barings Real Estate have announced the completion of VOX, a £70 million build to rent apartment scheme in Cornbrook, Manchester.

A striking 15 storey development on the fringe of Manchester city centre, VOX will bring 280 apartments to the rental market with residents arriving in early February.


The scheme is immediately adjacent to Cornbrook Metrolink station and within 10 minutes’ walk of the city centre. A rooftop residents’ lounge, fully equipped gym, fitness studio and 130 metre external running track are all located on the 15th floor of the development, affording residents spectacular views of the City and beyond. On the ground floor, Co-op Food will be opening this coming March to serve residents and the wider community.

Allsop has been appointed to manage the scheme that includes 98 one-bed, 168 two-bed, and 14 three-bed apartments, furnished or unfurnished and most with private outside space or balconies. Importantly the scheme will also provide 250 MB broadband speed, enough for even the most demanding of downloaders.

Speaking about the completion of VOX Danny Roberts, senior project manager at Glenbrook, commented: “The completion of VOX is timely when you consider that the global pandemic has placed people’s health and wellbeing right at the top of the agenda. Although designed pre-Covid, the health and well-being of its residents was central to the vision, with the roof top running track and communal areas being integral features.

“We are very pleased with the finished project, which we believe sets a high standard for build to rent developments in the UK. Given the current constraints, we would like to thank contractor Graham and the entire project team who have worked tirelessly to achieve practical completion. “

Darren Hutchinson, Managing Director – Head of UK Real Estate Transactions at Barings, added: “This is an important milestone in the construction of one of Manchester’s most exciting new developments. Glenbrook has worked hard to deliver a high-quality product that we can both be proud of and we look forward to welcoming our first residents in due course. Build to rent has stood firm against the challenges of COVID-19 and we will be looking to deepen our exposure to the living sector more broadly in 2021.”

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