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23 March 2017
The latest data from lender Halifax indicates that average house prices in the UK have risen by 5.1% over the last 12 months. The average UK house price is now at £219,949 and Halifax expect that prices will keep on rising due to the continuing growing demand and undersupply issues. OBR house price predictions In the recent budget, Chancellor…
21 March 2017
More than 1,000 new apartments have been approved for Manchester city centre - including matching twin skyscrapers on the edge of Castlefield. Two 36-storey towers have been approved for land near the old ITV site at Water Street, an 18-storey block at Oxford Road’s former BBC site, a clutch of new buildings on Princess Street and a further 24…
8 March 2017
According to Knight Frank’s latest Wealth Report, the UK is still the top choice for Asia’s high net-worth individuals when it comes to overseas property investing. The report, which tracks the ever-increasing super-rich population in 125 cities across 89 different countries, highlights that the UK beat other property investment hotspots…
7 March 2017
Another sure-fire sign of Manchester’s status as a world class city and a magnet for business investment is the planned £100 million office development right next to No1 St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre. The Landmark Manchester is due to be ready for business by the first half of 2019 and it will be a contemporary, versatile…
16 February 2017
A FTSE 250-listed construction company has unveiled plans to establish its national finance function in Manchester city centre, creating 250 jobs. Kier, which already employs more than 5,500 staff in the North of England, is ramping up its regional presence by locating its new national Finance Shared Service Centre (FSSC) on Fountain Street. The office,…
2 February 2017
House prices in the North West will increase by 18.1% in the next five years according to property advisor JLL, with growth in the region outpacing the rest of the UK in 2017. The research, from its new  Northern England report , was presented at a Manchester Residential Predictions Seminar in the city centre this morning. According to the report,…
1 February 2017
According to the latest research by CRBE, wellness needs to be on the agenda for developers when designing new buildings. Tenants are more conscious of wellbeing than ever before and now it’s more than just wanting to live in developments that simply have gyms and swimming pools. Many new developments already have these so they’re not really…
20 January 2017
House price inflation in Manchester hits 12 year high. Growth in regional cities continues to overhaul London which dropped to 7th in the city house price growth rankings for 2016. Bristol is still the fastest growing city +9.6% but could be overtaken by Manchester in Q1. City house price growth bounces back in Q4 2016 UK city house price inflation…
18 January 2017
Construction Update - Oxygen Towers - Manchester Design progressing for tender documents. Specifically bathroom layouts refined and the structural frame being coordinated across the building. Sub-contractors being appointed to assist with design development of the precast concrete frame, glazing and lifts. Existing utility positions for the site have…
17 January 2017
Construction Update - Downtown Manchester Development Main cabin location will be situated in the public realm works area adjacent the footbridge over the canal Works are due to commence from the beginning of March 2017 starting with the hoardings and site set up Initial works – main site strip and piling mats to be installed The main contiguous…
17 January 2017
Construction Update - Axis Tower - Manchester All site enabling works completed 23/12/2016 Temporary incoming utilities connected Excavation to bearing strata completed across the building footprint and any existing ground obstructions removed Concrete blinding to Lower Ground Floor slab completed by concrete sub-contractor Reinforcement works to Lower…
13 January 2017
According to the latest European Digital City Index, which is compiled by Nesta, the UK Innovation Foundation, Manchester has made Europe’s Top 20 cities for digital innovation for the first time. This is testament to how forward-looking Manchester has become regarding all things digital and its importance in becoming a leading world city. The…
23 March 2017
Plans for the new UK Central Hub centred around the new HS2 station in Solihull are currently being set and are expected to create more than 77,000 jobs and add over £4 billion to the region’s economy. Leaders from both the business and public sectors have outlined a 20-year vision for the hub in Solihull which will include new homes, commercial…
21 March 2017
The much-anticipated £200 million revamp of the old Typhoo building in Digbeth is set to start next year. This will encompass the building itself, an area off Bordesley Street including Typhoo Wharf and the adjacent canal basin. A wide range of new bars, restaurants, office space, art studios and homes will be created as part of the redevelopment.…
28 February 2017
Today is pancake day and the team at Barrows and Forrester are already starting to salivate over the toppings they would like on their ideal pancake. The big question is – do you go savoury or do you go sweet? The consensus with the team is that sweet is the way to go. We asked Krishan Patel, Property Sales Consultant, what is preferred toppings…
21 February 2017
At Barrows and Forrester, we have steadily watched the growth of city centre living in Birmingham and the rising demand from young professionals and students. A new report by global investment consultancy JLL confirms our experience and they forecast that the increasing demand from young professionals, students and investors will drive the residential…
15 February 2017
At the recent Midlands’ Property Predictions event the mood for business in Birmingham was an upbeat one. Investment consultancy Jones Lang Lasalle said that the West Midlands was well placed to cope with the uncertainties brought about by Brexit and President Trump and, in fact, the city may stand to benefit from an export perspective, with…
9 February 2017
Birmingham is a well-established investment hotspot. Developments such as the new library – the biggest in Europe, the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street which is changing perceptions of people who arrive in the city, the huge redevelopment of Paradise Circus, the Prestigious £150 million Resorts World Birmingham development near the…
7 February 2017
Very often we are bombarded with gloom and doom stories about the UK’s construction industry but Birmingham is certainly bucking this trend. According to the 2017 Crane Survey, which measures the volume of development across central Birmingham, the city is experiencing the most construction work since the survey first started back in 2002. The…
17 January 2017
New research from StartUP Britain suggest Birmingham is outstripping rivals such as Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow to foster creation of new businesses. Data released by StartUp Britain, the national campaign by entrepreneurs, based on analysis of Companies House filings, shows that 17,473 new businesses were registered in Birmingham during 2016. This…
12 January 2017
Birmingham’s reputation as a world class city was done no harm at all by the recent news coming out of Birmingham Airport which has just enjoyed its busiest year to date and has also been earmarked as the most punctual airport on the planet! In 2016 over 11.6 million passengers passed through its terminal which is an increase of over 14% since…
10 January 2017
Many investors venturing into the property market for the first time are often confused as to whether they should be a hands-on or hands-off investor. As a hands-on investor, it basically means that you take responsibility for everything. This means that you need to find tenants, vet them, collect rents, deal with any maintenance issues/queries and…
29 December 2016
Okay, so you may have already read our pick of the top 10 bands in Manchester ( if you haven’t, then please click here) and, especially if you’re a Brummie, you might be thinking that Birmingham can certainly hold its own against anything Manchester has to offer! In the spirit of healthy competition, here is our pick of the top 10 bands…
16 November 2016
In these days of economic uncertainty, investors are increasingly looking for a safe bet and, as far as property is concerned, investment in PBSA ( Purpose-Built Student Accommodation ) fits this bill. Over the past couple of years’ investment in student property has soared, with institutional as well as individual investors (many from overseas)…
28 February 2017
A new study by Regeneris and Urban Foresight has highlighted how the contribution of Newcastle University has added £1.1 billion to the North East economy. With more than 27,500 students and 5,780 staff, Newcastle University is the fourth largest employer in the North East and generates an annual income of £475 million. Overseas students…
18 February 2017
There’s no doubt that 2016 was a torrid year for landlords. What with the introduction of the 3% stamp duty surcharge, the scrapping of the 10% wear and tear tax relief and the phasing out of mortgage tax relief which kicks in from April this year, landlords could be forgiven for thinking that they were being picked on!  Despite this, the…
17 February 2017
According to new research from property services group Countrywide, the percentage of landlords buying buy-to-let properties with cash rather than taking out a buy-to-let mortgage, hit 61% in January. This is the highest level that its ever hit since records began in 2007. So why is this happening? Johnny Morris, research director at Countrywide, puts…
16 February 2017
The housing market is never far away from the news agenda and 2017 promises to be a very interesting year. What with Brexit, the Trump effect, various elections across Europe and the ongoing supply and demand issues that impact on the market, there’s a whole host of events and changes that are taking place that will no doubt have a bearing. Zoopla,…
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