A NEW residential development, set to join the city skyline and change the way people rent in MediaCityUK, has opened its doors for the first time.

The Duet development spans across two 15-storey towers and features 270 apartments in a waterfront location next to the Harbour City tram stop.

As a Build to Rent (BTR) residence, the apartments have been designed specifically to give renters a better quality private rental experience with those who rent the pet-friendly one, two and three bedroom apartments enjoying free access to an on-site gym and fitness centre, 24-hour concierge, communal podium garden with waterfront views, a co-working space and residents’ lounge with a free coffee bar, as well as an exciting calendar of residents-only events – including Friday drinks and pet socials.

The building is being delivered by Moorfield working with developer, Glenbrook Property and managed by rental operator Allsop.

BTR is one of the fastest growing property trends in the UK with properties designed and built exclusively for the rental market.

They have to include at least 50 homes and are owned and managed by one landlord.

They aim to address many of the problems that renters face from short-term leases to unscrupulous landlords to sky-high fees.

Heiko Figge, head of operational asset management at Moorfield Group, said: “Salford has been undergoing a renaissance in recent years and is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade, making it one of the largest business communities.

“It was therefore the perfect location to choose for our next project and we’re confident that busy professionals will benefit from our high-end, stress free living option which is in both easy reach of the thriving MediaCityUK business community and less than a 10 minute tram ride into the city centre.

“We know the demand for premium Build to Rent options in Manchester is there, our first project Trilogy is now fully occupied after launching just last year, and we’re confident Duet will follow suit.”

Dougie Orton-Wade, general manager at Duet Salford Quays added: “Duet is more than just a home - through our shared communal facilities and calendar of events designed specifically for residents, we’re creating a community of like-minded professionals, who want more from their apartment than just a roof over their heads.

“We’re confident in the location and accommodation offering - which will suit professionals seeking luxury accommodation with flexible lease terms and a close-knit community. The number of enquiries we’ve already received shows just how much demand there is for this type of accommodation in the city.”