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Bringing the City In, Supporting Independents and Creating a Community; How Life at Angel Gardens is More Connected Than Ever.

Moda Angel Gardens opened its doors in 2019 as Manchester’s newest community, offering residents a lifestyle as well as a home, with an envious list of amenities, on site events and services. Included in life at Angel Gardens is the MyModa app, a digital platform creating a well-connected 24/7 community. Since lockdown was enforced at the beginning of April, Moda have used their app, created by Spike Global, to ensure life at Angel Gardens wasn’t put on pause using it as a tool to communicate and host a series of events, launch new services and keep residents connected.

With a desire to stay connected to the city, Moda Angel Gardens have worked with a number of local partners to host a series of virtual events exclusively for residents with a 550% increase in bookings during lockdown compared to those before it was enforced. To date nearly 200 event bookings are being made per month. Residents have taken part in pasta making workshops with The Pasta Factory (with supplies dropped to their front doors), made their own pizza with Noi Quattro, enjoyed beer tasting with Northern Monk, whiskey tasting with Great Drams and wine tasting with Evuna, made at home takeaways with Food Sorcery, had cocktails delivered to their door by Grindsmith and have enjoyed wellbeing sessions and kept moving with workout classes from hero wellbeing.

In addition, Angel Gardens have worked with partners across the city to communicate external events and activities taking place to their residents via the app. From art classes with Old Bank to a book club with the Manchester Young Professional network, residents have been virtually integrating into city life throughout lockdown.

Alongside the extensive events schedule, Moda Angel Gardens have used the lockdown period to extend the range of services available on the app. Throughout the lockdown period residents have been able to book bread deliveries from Pot Kettle Black, order beer to their doorstep from Shindigger Brewing Co., take advantage of fresh fruit and veg deliveries from Manchester based The Market Co, avoid the pasta shortage with DIY pasta kit deliveries from The Pasta Factory, book food deliveries from Food Sorcery and enjoy sweets treats with Siop Shop doughnut deliveries.

Conscious of the vital importance of staying connected to one another at a physical distance, Moda also introduced a neighbourhood forum on the MyModa app to support all residents and especially those self-isolating. The MyModa app allows residents to create the own community groups setting up anything from general chat, to gaming networks so that residents can compete against each other, a channel for sharing Netflix recommendations, Tik-Tok videos, health and wellbeing tips, book clubs and more.

Commented Franceca Shaw, Community Manager at Moda Angel Gardens, ‘During lockdown the MyModa app has allowed the community at Angel Gardens to keep active and stay connected. We’ve seen residents make new friends and socialise with others in the building even more so than before. Our foodie themed events have seen a significant uptake whilst residents have commented on how helpful they’ve found the wellbeing sessions. In addition to the events the app allows us to ensure the 24hour concierge service is maintained during lockdown. Maintenance requests, resident queries, deliveries and more have been handled smoothly and efficiently whilst social distancing thanks to the MyModa App.

In addition to events and services, The MyModa App acts as a tool for residents to manage their life at Angel Gardens. Via the app residents can pay rent, speak directly to concierge, log maintenance requests and book apartment cleans meaning life at Angel Gardens has not been halted by a lack of face to face contact.

Moda Angel Gardens opened the first phase of the building in 2019 with the final phase due to open in June 2020. Access to the MyModa app is available to all Moda residents and in the coming months will include the added features of acting as residents key to their apartment, a tool by which they can book an increased number of services across the city and a platform that will them access to exclusives offers and deals from an extensive list of local partners.

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