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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…
6 May 2017
Taking a commanding 63% share of the vote, Labour’s Andy Burnham saw off his competition to become the first mayor of Greater Manchester. Andy Burnham will now be in charge of just under £1 billion in public spending and business leaders in the city have strongly welcomed the new appointment. Chris Fletcher, director of Marketing and Policy…
5 May 2017
According to new research compiled by Hometrack, Manchester is leading the way in house price growth while property values in the south of the UK are slowing down. The average house price in Manchester is currently at £153,600 which is an 8.8% increase on this time last year. Hometrack closely monitor house price movements across the UK’s…
1 May 2017
Council bosses in Manchester have signed a new deal with far eastern investors for ten thousand new homes to be built over the next decade. This £1 billion of investment will see a string of new neighbourhoods stretching out north from the city across largely disused land around Angel Meadows, Collyhurst, New Cross and the Lower Irk Valley. Developers…
25 April 2017
In the recent Sunday Times’ best places to live in the UK 2017 survey, Manchester has been ranked as England most exciting and liveable big city. The survey is broken into regions and the north west has fared particularly well. Areas such as Ancoats, Chorlton, Ramsbottom, Saddleworth, Knutsworth and Lymm all feature prominently in the list. Here…
17 November 2015
Property investment is at an all-time high in the UK. With more people turning to property investment over traditional investments as a way of funding their retirement and with the changes in pension reforms boosting the market, the promise of high returns is luring people in from all walks of life. However, there’s more to property investing…
17 November 2015
According to a new report from Countrywide, the UK’s private rented sector has seen a significant rise in stock over the last decade. Since 2005, around three million homes have come into the private rented sector, half of which used to be owner-occupied but have now changed hands and gone into the rental market. The other half is made up of…
11 November 2015
Over $13 billion worth of investment in UK property by Chinese investors has been forecast by 2020. Attracted by strong returns and the stability that the UK property market represents compared to the volatility of the equity markets, Chinese investors see the UK as a safe bet for yielding good returns. Chancellor George Osborne’s recent visit…
11 November 2015
It’s hard to believe that in the 1980s less than 1,000 people lived in the centre of Manchester. That figure is now in excess of 15,000. Other major UK cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and Glasgow have also seen rapid growth in city centre living over this period. So what’s behind this resurgence? Young…
11 November 2015
With more than 10,000 private rental units due to be constructed in Manchester over the next few years, institutional investors are increasingly turning to the private rented sector in the North West to improve their returns.   The UK’s private rented sector (PRS) is set to receive billion pounds worth of investment from pension funds and…
11 November 2015
Manchester has grown to become one of the UK's hottest property investment destinations and also one of the main investment markets in Europe.   Outside of London, Manchester is the UK's biggest economic region and is playing a key role in the government's £7 billion Northern Powerhouse initiatives. Manchester is set to become the first…
5 November 2015
Since April 2015, the UK's over 55’s have had a much greater level of freedom with how they can spend their pensions.   Pensioners have always had the freedom to withdraw up to 25% of their pension in a tax-free lump sum but, since the Pension Reform, they can now withdraw the whole amount in a number of smaller lumps with 25% still being…
4 November 2015
It never pays to have all your eggs in one basket with whatever kind of investment you are doing and the same is true of property investment. Diversification is key to achieving success and reducing your risks. With the property market being so varied you are bound to experience some highs and lows with your investments so it’s about capitalising…
4 November 2015
Against a backdrop of rising house prices and a shortage of property, the first million pound towns outside of London hit the news recently. Data from Lloyds Bank revealed that locations such as Virginia Water in Surrey, Cobham (also in Surrey) and St Albans in Hertfordshire, all have average property prices which are in excess of £1 million.…
12 October 2015
We’ve just got back from exhibiting at the Property Investor & Homebuyer show at ExCel London which was held on the 9 th and 10 th October and we’re still buzzing from what a fantastic success it was! From the time the event opened on Friday to the time it closed on Saturday evening we were inundated with visitors to our stand expressing…
6 October 2015
High rents and house prices in London are costing the UK around £1 billion a year according to analysts. The Centre for Economics and Business Research has released a study that shows how much of Londoner’s earnings (shown by job type) needs to be spent on rent.  The findings are staggering: Profession                  …
6 October 2015
David Cameron’s recent visit to the US has put the Northern Powerhouse on the map stateside. With cities such as Manchester benefiting from £7 billion worth of investment and other Northern cities also receiving investment, David Cameron’s visit focused on the opportunities that exist for US investors in Northern England. Visiting…
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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