Co-living: fresh thinking for collective city living

Co-living is becoming an established model in Manchester, offering a fresh take on a build-to-rent market that has been focused on a more traditional product over the past few years, writes Rupert Goddard, partner at Sheppard Robson, who is leading the design of the Echo Street Co-Living project in Manchester for IQ. With its focus on experiences over possessions, co-living brings the importance of community back to the city with a series of interior settings designed to encourage social interaction. Co-living is part of a wider trend of "lifestyle disruption" that has seen a return to the importance of place and