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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…
24 October 2016
Property is still the highest yielding asset Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the recent hike in stamp duty, property is still the highest yielding investment opportunity compared to stocks, shares and other asset classes. With interest rates at an all-time low, investors who historically wouldn’t have got involved with property…
20 October 2016
Axis Tower Construction Update - October 2016 Contractor site accommodation established Canal towpath works completed Initial slab & foundation works completed Piling works commenced on site Next update due – WC 16th January 2017 Latest Photos:  
20 October 2016
If your tastes are a bit more eclectic and you fancy visiting more unusual attractions in Manchester, then check out our Top 5 quirky locations to visit: The Outhouse – once a public toilet and a real eyesore, the Outhouse in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is now a vibrant street art gallery. In 2010 two forward-thinking local artists, Ben…
11 October 2016
There has been a lot of noise recently surrounding the 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came in six months ago and industry leaders are calling on the government to now reverse their decision. At the time, property industry analysts predicted that it would be damaging to the London market and build-to-rent sectors and early…
11 October 2016
Well, we’re just back from The Property Investor and Homebuyer show which was held at London’s ExCel Arena, and what  a hectic event it was. Whilst it seemed a bit quieter to previous shows, we are still delighted to report that we had a steady  stream  of people visiting our stand and plenty of interest shown in student…
10 October 2016
You can’t fail to notice that the Tories have been in town recently. The Conservative Party conference which was held at the ICC in Birmingham on the 1 st and 2 nd October, saw Theresa May and her new cabinet set the agenda for the party for the next 12 months and, unexpectedly, Theresa May gatecrashed a fringe event to give her backing for Birmingham…
10 October 2016
There has been a lot of noise recently surrounding the 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came in six months ago and industry leaders are calling on the government to now reverse their decision. At the time, property industry analysts predicted that it would be damaging to the London market and build-to-rent sectors and early…
5 October 2016
It’s that time of year again! On Friday 7 th October and Saturday 8 th October we will be exhibiting at the Property Investor & Homebuyer show at ExCel in London. For anybody who is interested in property investing this is the must go-to event of the year, you can’t afford to miss it.   Last year’s event was a resounding…
3 October 2016
Here are some design ideas for young professionals on a budget   You’re a young professional, you’ve just moved into your swanky new apartment in the heart of the city and now you want to decorate it to the best of your ability. The only trouble is you’ve already maxed out most of your budget on renting the place and of course,…
28 September 2016
Our MD, James Forrester, chooses his top 10 bars in Manchester We all know that Manchester is packed to the rafters with young professionals and students and we all know that when they’re not working all hours or studying, they do like to go out for a drink. So, we thought we would ask our MD, James Forrester, a man where socialising is a key…
20 September 2016
Historically, London has always been seen as the go-to place for investors and if you’ve got plenty of money to spend it still is. However, as prices continue to become out of reach for many investors, it is the housing demand in the UK’s regional cities that is attracting attention. The key to success in property investing is identifying…
20 September 2016
Birmingham used to be the butt of many jokes and seemed to be a city with a bit of an identity crisis. True, there were some pretty bad planning and architectural decisions which took place in the 1970s which tarnished the city’s reputation but Birmingham has put all that behind them, learned from its mistakes, and has come out on the other side…
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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