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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,…
2 May 2016
Downtown is a high profile and prestigious new residential development located right next door to the historic quarter of Castlefield on the banks of the River Irwell. This landmark development will consist of 368 one, two and three bedroom apartments, contained within six statement blocks ranging from 3 storeys up to 14, creating fabulous views across…
25 April 2016
With the saturation and sheer expense of the London property investment market, investors are increasingly looking north to expand their property portfolios, especially in cities such as Manchester. Recent forecasts predict that the prices for residential property in Manchester will rise by over 22% in the next three years so if you’re thinking…
20 April 2016
According to new research by homeless charity Shelter, by 2020 first time buyers in Manchester will need to be earning £44K a year to stand a chance of getting on the housing ladder. This stark warning is based on research which looks at the salary and deposit currently needed today by your average first time buyer and what that will look like…
12 April 2016
City centre living, made popular by and virtually invented in New York, is currently soaring in Manchester. The number of 20 to 30-somethings moving into Manchester has boomed over the last 10 years with over 123,000 living in the city compared to only 78,000 ten years ago. The other parallels between Manchester and New York include the fact that it…
5 April 2016
It wasn’t that long ago that people used to frown on living in the city and gravitated towards living in the suburbs and more rural areas. However, this trend has definitely reversed. According to research by the think tank Centre for Cities, the number of people living in cities has increased by 37% between 2001 and 2011. This compares to only…
15 March 2016
Its official, Manchester is the number 1 city in the UK for rental investment.   Savills has pinpointed Manchester has having the strongest regional rental investment rating based on its economic prowess, quality of life credentials and its potential for capital growth and strong rental yields.   This is why Manchester stands out:  …
27 January 2016
An Englishman’s home is his castle is a phrase that is no longer holding true for many people. Historically the UK has always been a country that is obsessed with homeownership but in recent times, this attitude has shifted somewhat.   With the lack of supply for affordable homes and the difficulties many people face in getting mortgages,…
27 January 2016
According to the latest stats from Reeds Rains and Your Move, rents in England and Wales have seen the fastest growth for more than 4 years. By the end of 2015, the average rent had climbed to around £794 per month, which was over 3% higher than 2014 and the fastest rate of growth since 2011.   The regions have been performing particularly…
27 January 2016
Investing in buy-to-lets and student accommodation is big business at the moment. People are turning to property investments in their droves as a way of boosting their income and in response to the recent pension reforms, many pensioners are entering the property investment market to increase their retirement funds and get better returns than their…
27 January 2016
Historically property investors bought properties to do them up, sell them on and reap the capital gains. This type of investment approach will always be popular but what will be far more lucrative in the future is buying properties specifically for rental yields rather than a quick turnaround and a sale.   According to new information from the…
27 January 2016
With April only a couple of months away, the 3% increase in stamp duty on buy-to-let properties that comes into effect on the 1 st of that month is already creating a rush for buy-to-let properties. Eager to avoid the 3% hike on second homes, buy-to-let investors are effectively bombarding the market at the moment to close new deals.   Investors…
6 January 2016
In one of the most extensive studies of the private rented sector ever carried out, estate agent Knight Frank’s Tenant Survey looks at the views of more than 5,000 people who currently rent residential property in the UK. These are some of the main findings from the survey:   -       52% of people prefer to…
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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