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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,…
1 January 2016
As we’re sure you’re aware, investing in property has become incredibly popular over the last few years and with many investors looking for high-yielding assets that can fund their pension pots, property investment has been identified as the route to a more lucrative retirement.   Property investment returns have earned an impressive…
18 December 2015
The property investment market in Manchester is booming at the moment and with rents at an all-time high, the yields that can be gained are some of the best in the country.   Coming soon we have Oxygen Towers, a landmark Manchester development that is a property investment opportunity that should not be missed. Set to be the city’s tallest…
18 December 2015
In the Global Liveability Survey carried out earlier this year Manchester was once again ranked as the UK’s most liveable city. So what does this mean?   The survey, which is complied by the Economist Intelligence Unit, rates world cities out of 100 in the areas of health care, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure.…
18 December 2015
According to a recent report by HSBC, Manchester is the number one buy-to-let location in the UK. With is vibrant economy, affordable property prices and large young professional and student population, it’s not difficult to see why this is the case.   In Manchester we are seeing a perfect storm of high student numbers, the highest percentage…
18 December 2015
At the core of Manchester’s success is its ability to hold on to graduates who stay in the city rather than heading off to new horizons. A major factor behind this is not just the job opportunities that exist in the city but its vibrant hospitality and entertainment scene. Testament to this is that in 2015 alone nearly 60 new food and drink establishments…
18 December 2015
What do all these towns and cities have in common– Leeds, Manchester, York, Durham, Birmingham, Nottingham, Warwick, Leicester, Brentwood, , Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Exeter, Cherwell, , Guildford, Reigate and Banstead, and Tunbridge Wells ?   Well, they’ve all been earmarked by real estate firm Knight Frank and planning…
15 December 2015
Build-to-let is one of the latest buzzwords being used in property circles. This is because there is a strong surge in UK property investors putting money into projects aimed specifically at the rental market. At the moment the build-to-let market is relatively small, with only 14,000 of the 27 million properties in the UK falling into this sector.…
8 December 2015
According to data produced by the broker Mortgage Advice Bureau and search tool provider Twenty7Tec, purchasers of buy-to-let properties are starting to focus on lower value properties to pay less stamp duty and lessen the impact of mortgage interest tax relief cuts.   There has been a definite shift towards the purchasing of properties that are…
1 December 2015
In last week’s autumn statement from the chancellor there were quite a few things in it that will affect the housing and rental market, both positively and negatively. Let’s take a quick look at what they are:   A commitment of £7 billion investment has been made in a house building programme across the UK to help address some…
1 December 2015
So, what is it that drives successful city centres?   Is it all about the retail environment, culture, housing or regeneration? And why do people want to live and work in city centres?   Some of the answers to these questions have emerged from a recent report produced by Centre for Cities. The report looked at the demographic profile of 59…
1 December 2015
The recent announcement of a stamp duty surcharge of 3% for buy-to-let properties and second homes is causing a few shock waves in the rental sector at the moment. The surcharge will kick-in from properties starting from £40K and will affect all property purchases from 1 st April 2016 onwards.   The below table illustrates how this change…
26 November 2015
Why the super rich favour British property   According to the latest report from property publication Estates Gazette, the combined wealth of the richest 250 worldwide investors has grown to more than £300 billion from £218 billion just in the space of 1 year. That’s an amazing 40% leap in just 12 months and a lot of that success…
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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