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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,…
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…
3 May 2016
Cities like Manchester are brimming with young professionals and rather than getting on the property ladder like their parents would have done in the past, they are far more content to rent a pad in the city. Price and the problems associated with raising a deposit for a mortgage will clearly have impacted on this but there’s more to it than…
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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