by NPP Lettings

Manchester is fast becoming the co-working capital of the North. Large expanses of commercial space are being turned into trendy open plan hubs – encouraging shared working between peers and contributing to a vibrant buzzing atmosphere.
But whilst we embrace this type of culture for our 9 to 5 lives, in typical British fashion, do we not prefer to slam the door on society at the end of a busy day?

Well the answer is apparently no. In fact, accommodation boasting shared spaces is booming in major cities as young professional renters seek a more sociable lifestyle both during, and after the hectic work day.
On site cafes, restaurants, gyms, laundry rooms and media suites are becoming popular features of new developments, in order to satisfy Generation Y’s appetite for sociable creative environments.

According to James Scott, chief operating officer of London-based co-living developer The Collective, the movement towards sociable living reflects how young people, who accept they can’t get a foot on the property ladder, now value “experiences” over possessions (Dezeen.com). Organised activities like potluck dinners, yoga classes and cookery workshops, and access to on-site cafes and restaurants are therefore included in most of their new schemes.

Charles Armstrong founder of The Trampery, a shared workspace company in Hackney Wick who have partnered with London housing body Peabody, states that they hope to include an onsite crèche, cinema and workshop within their new development, in a bid to support a “multi-generational creative community”.

Closer to home, Manchester based developer Allied London, are hoping to include nurseries and educational systems within one of their sites (www.stjohnsmanchester.com). This central core which may also offer medical and work space facilities will be surrounded by the apartments themselves, and aim to create a truly “self-contained community”.

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