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10 July 2017
Developers Allied London have revealed a £1 billion redevelopment vision for the former ITV Granada Studios site. The developers, who also built Spinningfields, plan to create an entirely new city centre village called St John’s Quarter and this major transformation will include: -       Up to 3,000 new apartments…
5 July 2017
The digital sector is thriving in Manchester and a powerful new network of tech leaders has just been set up to champion the city’s digital sector even further. Business leaders who have joined the Tech Trust Network include movers and shakers such as John Ashcroft – chairman of Urban Splash, Tom Bloxham – CEO of Allied London, and…
29 June 2017
Global tech giant Microsoft are in the process of moving 100 staff to Manchester city centre. Located in the Neo building, which is a £8 million redevelopment on Charlotte Street, the 100 staff are expected to move into the building in July.  Orchestrated by commercial property company Bruntwood, Phil Kemp, CCO of the company, said: “We…
29 June 2017
The property market in Manchester and northern England continues to hit the headlines in terms of domestic and international investment. Bolstered in part by the Northern Powerhouse, house prices and rental values have risen across many northern regions, with the North West and particularly Manchester leading the way. The latest Hometrack cities report,…
6 June 2017
  Reinforced concrete Lower Ground floor slab complete & 75% of non core walls Tower Crane erected mid April to a height of 54m (Level 17) Temporary loading platform over the canal complete Preparations for ground floor slab commenced Next update due – June 2017
6 June 2017
Oxygen Towers - Construction Update   Early works contract started on site 15th May 2017 Official ground breaking ceremony took place on the 17th May 2017. The site strip has commenced, removing the substructure material to provide a uniform level across the site Next site activity is the delivery of the piling material which will take 2 – 3…
30 May 2017
The north west has become a hotbed for creative business owners with around 12,000 small creative businesses in the region employing 17,000 people and contributing £326 million to the UK economy. A new report by notonthehighstreet.com and Oxford Economics has revealed that on the notonthehighstreet.com website, 90% of the businesses are run by…
29 May 2017
According to EY’s latest UK Attractiveness Survey, the north-west region attracted 90 FDI (foreign direct investment) projects in 2016 – 60% of which were first time investments in the region from international investors. Greater Manchester is at the hub of this FDI investment attracting 70 projects last year. Manchester topped the UK league…
16 May 2017
A new report by CBRE, the global real estate advisor, has revealed that Manchester is the leading creative location in the UK outside of London. Characteristics of a top creative location include large concentrations of creative businesses and professionals, highly educated graduate professionals, large and growing millennial populations, good transport…
10 May 2017
According to real estate advisors Colliers International, Manchester city centre has the largest pipeline of Grade A office stock since the recession of 2008. The total amount of such space being built and due for completion by 2019 totals 733,000 sg ft across six developments. This includes 2 St Peter’s Square, 1 Spinningfields, 8 First Street,…
8 May 2017
New research by BM Solutions, the buy-to-let brand of Lloyds Banking Group, has revealed that it is landlords in the North of England that are making the best annual rental returns. Landlords in Northern England achieved annual yields of 7% in the second half of 2016, with rents averaging out at £513 per month. Other regions that have performed…
8 May 2017
Vacancies for professional roles in Manchester have risen by 67% in the first quarter of 2017 as uncertainty over the impact of Brexit appears to be diminishing. Compared to this time last year, the number of IT roles in the city has doubled, outstripping the growth seen in London as confidence increases across Manchester employers. In addition to…
4 July 2017
The number of start-up businesses in Birmingham has grown by 25% over the last 12 months, according to the annual report from Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. This makes the region the fastest growing in the country with the regional economy being bolstered by 4.7% by all this extra activity. The annual report reveals that 18,600 private sector…
26 May 2017
A new report from financial services company EY has revealed that the West Midlands secured a record 111 overseas direct investment projects in 2016, with over 50% coming from the manufacturing sector. The majority of investment in the West Midlands came from Europe, with 61 projects coming from European countries. On the whole, FDI in the West Midlands…
15 May 2017
Birmingham is positioning itself in pole position for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The city’s bid to host the games has now been officially backed by the wider region and the new West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. Commenting on the bid, Andy Street said: “Everyone agreed that we have to support the Birmingham bid. It will be Birmingham’s…
20 April 2017
Birmingham Airport broke through the 12 million passenger mark for the first time recently. On Easter Monday the record was hit when 12.004, 124 passengers were recorded travelling over the last 12 months. This represents a 14.3% increase in passenger numbers year on year over the rolling 12-month period. The airport has recorded an impressive 25 months…
10 April 2017
Birmingham is fast becoming the leading UK film location outside London. With Steven Spielberg recently filming scenes from his forthcoming blockbuster Ready Player One on Floodgate Street in the Jewellery Quarter, the city is seen as a highly cost effective alternative to the capital. Whether for film locations, production offices or a base for suppliers,…
6 April 2017
New figures from Marketing Birmingham have revealed that the city enjoyed a record number of visitors in 2016 with numbers reaching 39 million. This has resulted in tourism revenue for Birmingham hitting an all-time high of £6.5 billion. The number of visitors represent a 2.5% increase on 2015 and it is now estimated that the number of full-time…
5 April 2017
Plans are in place for a major Birmingham city centre regeneration project which could potentially house around 10,000 people once completed. The 23-storey tower will form part of a new four-building office complex next door to the prestigious Mailbox shopping development. The 4.1 acre site, which is undergoing wholesale regeneration, has already seen…
29 March 2017
The largest ever Qatar-UK delegation are in Birmingham this week to discuss various projects and investment opportunities in the city.   Trade Secretary Liam Fox together with senior government officials from Qatar will be at the ICC where investment projects across sport, healthcare and cyber-security will be on the agenda. It is hoped that this…
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.…
21 March 2017
Recent research from TheHouseShop.com, one of the UK’s leading online property advertising platforms, has revealed that nearly 20% of respondents to a survey about investment asset classes were still confident about the buy-to-let market. This is the case despite numerous new regulations introduced by the government and upcoming tax changes.…
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…
5 April 2017
The skyscraper has long been a symbol of economic and financial success and the mark of a city’s ascent to becoming a truly world class city. Discussions are currently taking place regarding the Newcastle skyline and, if developers get their way, the city could soon be getting the skyscraper treatment.  Developers are very keen to build…
30 March 2017
Newcastle is aiming to become one of the top shopping destinations in Europe and plans are being put in place to make this a reality. Newcastle City Council and NE1 are working with real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield and architects FaulknerBrowns to create a strategy that will transform the Northumberland Street area of the city. Northumberland…
24 March 2017
New research has shown that Newcastle is experiencing the biggest rise in independent restaurants in the UK. The research, which was carried out by the Northern Restaurant and Bar Association (NRB), has revealed that the number of independent restaurants in Newcastle has grown by 12.8% over the last three years – higher than London, Birmingham…
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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