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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,…
16 August 2016
West has been ranked as the top region in the UK to do business. The survey of 250 companies with locations around the UK, ranked the North West has top of the tree, followed by the North East and London now third.   The plethora of new businesses and young professionals in the North West have really put the region on the map and cities such as…
11 August 2016
The ‘triple lock’ principle of pension protection may be safe for now, but will it always be?   Triple lock is the principle that dictates the value of your state pension. As things currently stand, your state pension will rise based on the rate of inflation, the rate of average earnings, or a flat rate of 2.5% - whichever is the highest.…
9 August 2016
Construction in Manchester and Salford is at a 10-year high and it’s the residential sector that’s leading the way with 7,000 apartments currently under development up from 4,500 apartments in May.   There are approximately 2,500 apartments under construction in the centre of Manchester alone and another 3,000 apartments under way…
6 August 2016
The recent interest rate cut by the Bank of England from 0.5% to 0.25% is good for property investment. Whilst it is not great new for savers, the fact that lower interest rates will make bonds and savings less appealing could see a potential reallocation of money from these asset classes into the more profitable property sector.   It may also…
3 August 2016
According to a new report from Lendinvest, the UK’s leading online platform for property lending, Manchester has offered the highest rental yields in the country over the last 6 years (2010 to 2016).   Average rental yields in the city over this period have been 6.8%, topping all other locations in the UK. With 26% of people living within…
27 July 2016
Over the last two years there has been a 300% increase in average tenancy lengths in the UK. Tenants are now spending an average of four years in their rental property, which is a new five-year high.   The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is speaking to the government about removing barriers to longer term tenancies and this includes restrictions…
26 July 2016
Despite a lot of the negatives you may have been reading in the press about the property investment market since Brexit, it would appear that Chinese investors are completely unfazed by this momentous decision. In fact, the opposite is true. Inquiries into UK property by Chinese Investors in July following the Brexit result has increased by a massive…
19 July 2016
Let us introduce you to Downtown - a prestigious new residential development located next to the historic quarter of Castlefield on the banks of the River Irwell. Inspired by Manhattan’s unique skyline, Downtown is a new ‘hotel-style’ development that is set to get Manchester’s legion of young professionals chomping at the bit…
19 July 2016
Whilst the Manchester property market will certainly face some short term volatility as a result of Brexit, over the long term property experts are still predicting that the market will eventually settle down and remain a highly attractive investment proposition.   International investors may initially be reticent about investing in Manchester…
12 July 2016
In light of all the uncertainty in the property investment market at the moment now is a good time to focus on buy and hold and consolidate your position. Buy and hold is exactly what it says on the tin. It means that you focus on purchasing those prime residential or student properties that will supply you with enough cash flow every month to cover…
12 July 2016
In post Brexit Britain there is naturally a degree of uncertainty about the property market and whether or not you should invest. For investors who are looking for steady income and a reliable source of cash flow then we would advise adopting a buy and hold strategy to property. Irrespective of Brexit there is still a huge demand and supply issue in…
5 July 2016
Over the last 10 years there have been significant changes to the social, cultural, digital and physical make up of Manchester which has laid the foundations for urban living in the city.   The largest numbers of new homes in Manchester have been built in the heart of the city centre in close proximity to all the transport links and, on the back…
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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