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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…
21 September 2015
There’s been a lot of talk in the press recently about the so-called Northern Powerhouse effect and whatever your thoughts on the topic, when it comes to property investment there certainly seems to be some positive traction towards the north. In a recent HSBC report, 3 of the UK’s top buy-to-let locations are based up north, with Manchester…
16 September 2015
There has never been a better time to lay your hands on a buy-to-let mortgage. Banks and building societies are currently offering more than 1,000 buy-to-let loans which is the highest number since the global recession.  Stimulating this demand are the new pension freedoms that were launched back in April giving over 55s more access to their savings.…
15 September 2015
According to a recent property index report from PropertyDetective.com, 8 out of the 10 best locations to raise and start a family are based in the North and North West of England. The ‘Family Friendliness Index’ from PropertyDetective.com focuses on areas such as quality of schools, services and amenities and crime rates and in this respect,…
7 September 2015
According to recent figures from the Office of National Statistics, nearly 60,000 people aged 30 pus have left London in the last 12 months and moved north, with their favourite destination being Birmingham! There would have been a time when Londoners wouldn’t have entertained the idea of such a move, but how things have changed. The Birmingham…
4 September 2015
For all you landlords and prospective landlords out there, are you aware of the new smoke alarm laws that are coming in from the 1 st October? If not, you should pay special attention to this so that you can make sure that you are compliant. From the 1 st October it will now be a legal requirement for rental properties to have a smoke alarm and CO…
1 September 2015
The shortage of affordable housing in the UK is well documented and with fewer homes being built than in 1926 it’s not surprising to see why the rental market is booming. Although the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme has helped quite a few first time buyers into the property market, many people still can’t afford to do so and instead many…
1 September 2015
Birmingham has been in the news quite a lot recently and all for the right reasons. You can’t fail to have noticed all the praise that has been heaped on the redeveloped New Street Station and how this will dramatically change perceptions of people who arrive in the city for the first time. Over the last few years we have seen the resurgence…
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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