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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,…
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…
16 September 2016
There is no doubt that Manchester is the flag ship city of the government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative and plans to try and turn the city into a ‘London of the North’ don’t seem as fanciful as it sounds, especially to Chinese investors.   China has definitely bought into the idea of Manchester and everything it stands…
15 September 2016
Pros and Cons of buying off-plan   Introduction   The definition of an off-plan property investment is buying a property before the building has been completed. Investing off-plan can be a very attractive proposition if you know what you’re looking for. They won’t need decorating, repairing or refurbishing; they’re going…
8 September 2016
Getting to know Manchester   Manchester is renowned for being a prime location for buy-to-let investment and student property investment and the city has become a proverbial magnet for young professionals and students from both home and overseas. But what about the various residential areas of Manchester? If you’re looking to live in the…
6 September 2016
Divine living in Birmingham   We have some hot off the press news about a new development in Birmingham that we’ve just got to tell you about. The Divine Collection is an exclusive selection of 30 one and two bedroom apartments which have been handpicked for their quality and desirability right in the cultural heart of Birmingham. And the…
30 August 2016
  Regular, reliable income – from a cash flow perspective, investing in a property in the right area for the right price will attract good tenants who will pay their rent on time and provide you with a regular, passive income. Capital Growth – whether you’re investing in property for regular rental income or capital growth, the…
30 August 2016
With the plethora of information about investing that is available online, more and more people are exploring property investments through the internet and starting to build their own portfolios. Some investors are okay with doing this on their own whilst others prefer to seek the advice of investment professionals who have been there and bought the…
22 August 2016
With the recent news of ex-Man United footballer and now soccer pundit Gary Neville’s venture into the property industry we thought we would take a quick look at some of the UK’s other celebrity UK investors:   Robbie Fowler – former footballer and Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler has been in the property game for a while now…
18 August 2016
With more than 60,000 units in the pipeline the build to rent revolution is well and truly here according to the British Property Federation.   A number of purpose-built developments across the UK are now fast approaching completion and from an investor’s perspective it will be important to see how these developments are managed. Low operating…
17 August 2016
According to think tank Resolution Foundation, many ‘Millennials’ will have spent over £50K on rent by the time they’re 30. Millennials, or Generation Y, as they are often referred to, is the generation born in the early 1980s right up to the early 2000s, and, because of the housing crisis they have grown up with, are much more…
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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