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Developer aims to create ‘UK’s healthiest rental homes’ at new Manchester housing scheme


Residential developer and lifestyle brand Moda is aiming to tackle loneliness and improve the physical, social and mental wellbeing of people who live at its 466-home Angel Gardens development, due to open in Manchester city centre next year.

As part of a programme to support residents’ physical and emotional wellness, Moda is teaming up with hero, a brand new digital wellness concept launched by Joe Gaunt, the former UK head of $35bn co-working company WeWork and ex-director of Virgin Active.

Renters will be offered digital wellness technology that helps increase their health and happiness by tracking their activity, nutrition, mindfulness and movement.

Onsite workout facilities called training clubs will be open to both residents and non-residents whilst members will be offered full digital support through an app that tracks how their activity, nutrition, mindfulness and movement affects their health and wellbeing.

Joe Gaunt

Using 3D body scanning and a purpose-built tech platform, hero will help its members achieve better results by tracking sleep, movement, nutrition and mood.

The training clubs will sit alongside a private residents-only gym, high quality apartments, coworking spaces and other shared amenities at Angel Gardens.

“Our focus is to provide the healthiest possible environments alongside a great living experience, cutting out the hassle and uncertainty that usually comes with renting,” said Moda managing director, Johnny Caddick.

“Loneliness and mental health are increasing issues facing society. Our aim is to create healthy, social, connected communities that can help alleviate the daily pressures of city living.”

Aimed at young professionals, young families and downsizing seniors, Moda plans to offer long-term tenancies and an array of shared spaces which will include over 80 co-working spaces at its Manchester development.


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