Following 10 George Street's two awards in 2020, 8 Water Street has taken the headlines at the HomeViews Awards 2021, winning three coveted prizes. Vertus itself also picked up three developer awards, with 10 George Street adding another.
Each award is an incredible achievement and recognition of the design quality, passion for service and community-driven approach helping shape London’s premier renting experience: Vertus.
OUR YEAR IN REVIEW
In 2021, 8 Water Street was awarded:
- Joint No. 1 BTR development for Location
Location ratings were high across the board, with urban developments rated higher than newer suburban locations. Greater Manchester was a standout success for BTR. Though 8 Water Street kept London on the map, winning joint 1st with Duet MediaCityUK in M50. Speaking about 8 Water Street, Dan W, Verified Resident on HomeViews, said: “The view from the balcony is spectacular, especially at night!”
- Top Rated BTR development for Value
Value in facilities. Value through additional services. Value of amenities, like wi-fi included. For a great Value score, tenants wanted all this – and to feel their experience surpassed expectations. Hidden costs were of course a big turn-off. 8 Water Street scored a very respectable Top 10.
- 3 BTR development for Design
With a Design Score of 4.92, 8 Water Street was just 0.06 off the top for Design nationwide. In London, the development was rated Number 1.
As HomeViews write about 8 Water Street in the National Build to Rent Report 2022, “The extensive 3,000 square foot terrace used softer wood decking and large quantities of planting to ensure the expansive space feels peaceful amongst its city setting and provides a space for events and activities with other residents. The result: happy and delighted residents.”
- Top Rated BTR development for Facilities
During 2020 Covid lockdowns, Facilities ratings understandably dropped. The bounce-back in 2021 was driven by London’s recovery. It’s things like concierge, communal inside space, bike storage and a gym that led tenants to give the best ratings. Which is why 8 Water Street starred in the Top 10.
While 10 George Street won:
- Top Rated BTR development for Design
This is the second year in a row 10 George Street made the Top 10 in this category. Phoebe G, Verified Resident on HomeViews, put it best in her review: “Clean, calming design right next to the water – everyone who has visited my apartment has commented on how relaxing and quiet the apartment is and the beautiful waterfront benches and design make you feel like you’re on holiday rather than in London.”
And Vertus itself picked up:
- 1 BTR Operator for Design
With a Design Score of 4.86/5, Vertus outperformed the competition to win this most sought-after prize.
Alastair Mullens, Managing Director at Vertus, said: “We know how significant it is for our customers to have a powerful first impression when they see the amenity spaces and apartments. What however is almost more important is that the furniture is comfortable, practical and durable. Our residents are living in these apartments so it was essential that the furniture looked brilliant but was also suitable for everyday life; cooking, eating, sleeping and working.”
- Top Rated BTR Operator for Value in 2021
Value has consistently received the lowest average rating of any of the HomeViews categories. However, according to HomeViews’ co-founder Hannah Marsh, “In the past year the Value rating for BTR saw the most significant increase of any HomeViews category. This suggests that there has never been a better time for BTR to make residents its biggest advocates.” With a Value Score of 4.50, Vertus achieved Top 5 status.
- Top Rated BTR Operator for Management in 2021
Although there was a small decrease in the average Management ratings in 2021, Vertus was one of just five landlords rated above average. In the words of Hannah, Verified Resident on HomeViews, speaking about 8 Water Street, “This development is above and beyond all others. The attention to detail in the apartments is fantastic, the facilities are more than you would ever expect, and the team can’t do enough for you. I want to live here forever!”
Come back for the HomeViews Awards 2022, where Vertus will strive to scoop yet more prizes for 8 Water Street, 10 George Street and the spectacular Newfoundland.
Stay tuned for the coming months on our next announcements.
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