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19 July 2017
Development in Manchester is almost ‘Chinese in its scale’ According to town hall bosses, Manchester is at the start of a building boom that is unprecedented in nature and almost ‘Chinese-style’ in scale. Cranes across Manchester’s skyline have been a regular feature for some time now and the amount of construction not…
17 July 2017
The final route of the Manchester section of HS2 has finally been announced triggering a collective sigh of relief from residents of the estate around Rostron Avenue in West Gorton who were previously going to face significant upheaval. When the plans for HS2 were originally announced back in 2013, the Crewe to Manchester route was going to plough…
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,…
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…
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)…
2 November 2016
There’s no doubt that landlords have been taking a bit of a beating recently from the government. Over the last 12 months’ landlords have seen: The removal of the 10% wear and tear tax relief for furnished lettings An extra 3% hike on stamp duty for purchasing second homes above £40K Removal of higher rate tax relief on mortgage interest…
28 July 2017
All these things will put off your buyers… The housing market is so competitive at the moment so it’s vitally important that you do everything you can to avoid putting off buyers. Here is a list of the top things that put buyers off so if you can address these things, it will put you in a much better position: Lack of kerb appeal –…
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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