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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,…
5 July 2016
The fundamental factors of housing supply not meeting demand and the opportunity that buy-to-let presents in delivering regular rental income and long-term capital gains as not changed as a result of Brexit. If anything, there is a strong likelihood that even more people will be looking to rent, especially if the banks start imposing lending restrictions…
5 July 2016
According to global ratings agency Standard and Poor, the UK will ride out the current economic uncertainty after Brexit and come out on the other side being even more attractive to international investors.   Standard and Poor do not believe there will be any severe long-term economic implications following Brexit and are confident that the short-term…
5 July 2016
The UK property market is renowned for its transparency and being a safe haven for investors. One week on from Brexit, whilst there is still the obvious uncertainty that any major change instigates, experts predict that the UK property market will hold firm and present new opportunities.   First and foremost, despite Brexit, UK property is seen…
28 June 2016
Despite Brexit, major global players such as Boeing, Avon Cosmetics and the Pentagon have announced significant long-term investments in the UK. Senior management teams at Toyota, Nissan and Vauxhall also stated pre-Brexit that leaving the EU will make no difference to their growth and investment plans in the UK. And the Norwegian sovereign wealth…
28 June 2016
The UK is in the grips of a housing crisis. There are simply not enough houses being built which means that those houses which are available command a higher price, making them pretty much unaffordable to first time buyers. Despite a raft of initiatives from the government, little in the way of significant change is being made. In a post-Brexit UK,…
28 June 2016
Whilst the UK property market will certainly face some short term volatility as a result of Brexit, over the long term property experts are still predicting that it will eventually settle down and remain an attractive investment proposition compared to other asset classes.   International investors may initially be reticent about investing in…
14 June 2016
If we had the definitive answer to that question then I’m sure we could all make a tidy profit but the fact is, nobody truly knows so all we can do is speculate. Here are some of the speculations that are circulating at the moment:   Interest rates – the IMF (International Monetary Fund) gloomily predict that interest rates will rise…
14 June 2016
The new Hainan Airlines’ Beijing route is a massive boost for Manchester that is set to have a hugely positive effect on the city’s university, investment and economy.   On the 10 th June the first direct flight to mainland China took off, making Manchester the first airport outside of London to provide direct flights to the second…
14 June 2016
MediaCityUK have just announced the second phase of their plans to further develop their site in Salford, which will effectively double its size over the next 10 years.   The £1 billion plans incorporate 540,000 sq ft of office space, 1,800 apartments, retail and leisure developments, public spaces and a pedestrian promenade. The plans are…
7 June 2016
According to research from Lendinvest, the north west of the UK has outperformed everywhere else in the country when it comes to rental yields.   Over the last 5 years, cities such as Manchester and Liverpool have topped the rental yield charts with Manchester producing yields of over 6% and Liverpool over 5%. This compares to London where the…
7 June 2016
With property prices in London being out of reach for many buy-to-let investors, would-be landlords are turning their attention to the north to pick up a buy-to-let bargain with the potential for high rental returns.   London has always been seen as a safe haven for investors, especially wealthy overseas buyers, and this will continue to be the…
7 June 2016
In the much anticipated tenant survey report 2016 from LSL, a leading provider of residential property services, some revealing facts about what tenants really want have been unveiled. Before we get into the detail of the key findings from this survey, let’s set the scene a little….   In the UK around 20% of households fall into the…
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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