Fresh from his top 20 finishing position in the world competition in Cairo, Team GB pentathlete Tom Toolis is back in the UK and relishing the opportunity to relax in his sleek London rental apartment. With a tough training schedule and frequent trips overseas, having a base where he can relax and feel at peace is important.
Tom moved into the Gatefold building from be:here Hayes straight out of his university accommodation. Having shared a rather worn down house with four other students in Bath, the clean, modern accommodation from Be was everything that he had been dreaming of.
He was also drawn to the community vibe, with the friendly, on-site management team making him feel very welcome and the shared roof terrace available for social events.
"I opted for a build to rent home because I was moving to London to live with my girlfriend. We needed an affordable apartment that we could enjoy living in. As soon as we came to visit the Gatefold building we knew it was the place for us."
"Security was also a key concern for us. My girlfriend has said how safe she feels when I'm away, which means that we're both wonderfully relaxed and that I can have peace of mind when I travel to compete. It's also great to have a secure, private parking space - that was something I was worried would be an issue in London, but with Be I can park safely within my own building, which is fantastic."
The area's excellent connections were also a draw. The Gatefold building is just two minutes from the nearest train station (Hayes & Harlington) providing easy access to central London, as well as to Heathrow Airport. The area also offers a wide range of local shopping opportunities including a brand new 'Lidl of the Future', catering to residents' needs perfectly.
"Providing ideal build to rent accommodation is about getting a range of factors right, so that differing tenants' needs can be met. As well as superb accommodation and dynamic social spaces, that means choosing the right location with the right amenities nearby - it's about delivering an overall package." Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes
The modern aspect of the development was one of its top attractions for pentathlete Toolis and his partner. Neither had expected to find an affordable, contemporary home of the quality provided by Be - and certainly not one with outdoor space. The couple have been delighted with the spacious, light-filled apartment, which has been tastefully furnished to provide a stylish yet homely living environment.
"It just goes to show that being part of Generation Rent has its benefits after all!" Tom Toolis, Pentathlete, Team GB
One-bedroom apartments at be:here Hayes can be rented from £1,200 pcm. Two-bedroom homes are available from £1,450. All homes include either a garden or a balcony.