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23 March 2017
The latest data from lender Halifax indicates that average house prices in the UK have risen by 5.1% over the last 12 months. The average UK house price is now at £219,949 and Halifax expect that prices will keep on rising due to the continuing growing demand and undersupply issues. OBR house price predictions In the recent budget, Chancellor…
21 March 2017
More than 1,000 new apartments have been approved for Manchester city centre - including matching twin skyscrapers on the edge of Castlefield. Two 36-storey towers have been approved for land near the old ITV site at Water Street, an 18-storey block at Oxford Road’s former BBC site, a clutch of new buildings on Princess Street and a further 24…
8 March 2017
According to Knight Frank’s latest Wealth Report, the UK is still the top choice for Asia’s high net-worth individuals when it comes to overseas property investing. The report, which tracks the ever-increasing super-rich population in 125 cities across 89 different countries, highlights that the UK beat other property investment hotspots…
7 March 2017
Another sure-fire sign of Manchester’s status as a world class city and a magnet for business investment is the planned £100 million office development right next to No1 St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre. The Landmark Manchester is due to be ready for business by the first half of 2019 and it will be a contemporary, versatile…
16 February 2017
A FTSE 250-listed construction company has unveiled plans to establish its national finance function in Manchester city centre, creating 250 jobs. Kier, which already employs more than 5,500 staff in the North of England, is ramping up its regional presence by locating its new national Finance Shared Service Centre (FSSC) on Fountain Street. The office,…
2 February 2017
House prices in the North West will increase by 18.1% in the next five years according to property advisor JLL, with growth in the region outpacing the rest of the UK in 2017. The research, from its new  Northern England report , was presented at a Manchester Residential Predictions Seminar in the city centre this morning. According to the report,…
1 February 2017
According to the latest research by CRBE, wellness needs to be on the agenda for developers when designing new buildings. Tenants are more conscious of wellbeing than ever before and now it’s more than just wanting to live in developments that simply have gyms and swimming pools. Many new developments already have these so they’re not really…
20 January 2017
House price inflation in Manchester hits 12 year high. Growth in regional cities continues to overhaul London which dropped to 7th in the city house price growth rankings for 2016. Bristol is still the fastest growing city +9.6% but could be overtaken by Manchester in Q1. City house price growth bounces back in Q4 2016 UK city house price inflation…
18 January 2017
Construction Update - Oxygen Towers - Manchester Design progressing for tender documents. Specifically bathroom layouts refined and the structural frame being coordinated across the building. Sub-contractors being appointed to assist with design development of the precast concrete frame, glazing and lifts. Existing utility positions for the site have…
17 January 2017
Construction Update - Downtown Manchester Development Main cabin location will be situated in the public realm works area adjacent the footbridge over the canal Works are due to commence from the beginning of March 2017 starting with the hoardings and site set up Initial works – main site strip and piling mats to be installed The main contiguous…
17 January 2017
Construction Update - Axis Tower - Manchester All site enabling works completed 23/12/2016 Temporary incoming utilities connected Excavation to bearing strata completed across the building footprint and any existing ground obstructions removed Concrete blinding to Lower Ground Floor slab completed by concrete sub-contractor Reinforcement works to Lower…
13 January 2017
According to the latest European Digital City Index, which is compiled by Nesta, the UK Innovation Foundation, Manchester has made Europe’s Top 20 cities for digital innovation for the first time. This is testament to how forward-looking Manchester has become regarding all things digital and its importance in becoming a leading world city. 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…
26 May 2016
With Pep Guardiola already in position at Manchester City and with the imminent arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, experts are expecting a strong boost to Manchester’s economy.   Having two of the world’s most famous football managers in one city is sure to attract a lot of interest from the world’s sporting press…
24 May 2016
For any young professional, the world may seem like it’s your oyster. Depending on the career path you want to take, the choice has always been in the big cities of the world and Manchester is emerging to be one of the most attractive. With many possibilities for career growth and leading an exciting and vibrant lifestyle, many young professionals…
17 May 2016
Some of the key headlines about Manchester is that it enjoys some of the highest rental yields in the country with yields consistently over 6%, jobs are being created faster in Manchester than any other UK city, including London and employment growth in the city continues to outstrip other cities in the UK. Interestingly, more professional service…
12 May 2016
Oxygen Tower is one of the most talked about prime city centre residential developments for some time so who is behind this iconic Manchester development? Leading North west based developer and investor, Property Alliance Group (Alliance), is behind the plans. Established for more than 26 years with a varied portfolio of £200 million across the…
11 May 2016
Recent stats show that direct international investment levels in Manchester and in the north west generally are currently running at a 10 year high.   Over the course of 2015 there were just under 100 project deals that were sealed and this created nearly 200% job growth in the region.   So why has Manchester and the north west become the…
11 May 2016
Oxygen Tower, the 31 storey landmark building that is set to make a high profile impact on the Manchester skyline, will offer young professionals the style of accommodation and lifestyle that they are looking for and aspire to. So what will Oxygen Tower deliver for its discerning audience: -       345 luxury apartments…
10 May 2016
The Manchester property market is booming. With rents at an all-time high, the yields that can be gained are some of the best in the country. Savvy investors from home and overseas are honing in on Manchester as it makes its mark as one of the top property investment hotspots in the whole of Europe. And what’s causing excitement within investment…
9 May 2016
Who would have thought that the lyrics from Petula Clark’s 1960s hit ‘Downtown’ would be so perfectly realized in a new Manchester city centre development but with Downtown, the new landmark development for the city, it really has!   Downtown is a prestigious new residential development located next to the historic quarter of…
9 May 2016
Since April 2015, over 55s in the UK have had a much greater level of freedom with how they can spend their pensions.   Pensioners have always had the freedom to withdraw up to 25% of their pension in a tax-free lump sum but, since the Pension Reform, they can now withdraw the whole amount in a number of smaller lumps with 25% still being tax-free.…
5 May 2016
We all know what happens when there’s too much demand and not enough supply – prices go up, it’s as simple as that. Well that’s exactly what’s happening in the UK housing market at the moment and that’s why house prices are forecast to soar.   We hear a lot in the news about building more affordable housing…
4 May 2016
It’s a staggering fact that the private rented sector (PRS) in Manchester has grown by 85% over the last 10 years. Approximately 9 out of 10 homes in the centre of Manchester form part of this sector and it easily outstrips the rest of the north west when it comes to the number of rental households. In addition to Manchester having a huge young…
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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