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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…
13 January 2017
With home ownership at its lowest levels for 30 years, new research shows that renting is not just about affordability, it’s also become a lifestyle choice, especially across the younger generation. Home ownership rates have dropped from 46% to 20% for 25-year-olds over the last 20 years and whilst some of this can be put down to lack of affordable…
30 December 2016
There’s no doubting Manchester’s pedigree as a centre for world music. The number of music artists and bands that have hailed from the city is truly phenomenal and their influence on other musicians is still being felt today and probably always will be. We thought it would be fun to look at what we consider to be the 10 best bands to come…
26 May 2017
A new report from financial services company EY has revealed that the West Midlands secured a record 111 overseas direct investment projects in 2016, with over 50% coming from the manufacturing sector. The majority of investment in the West Midlands came from Europe, with 61 projects coming from European countries. On the whole, FDI in the West Midlands…
15 May 2017
Birmingham is positioning itself in pole position for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The city’s bid to host the games has now been officially backed by the wider region and the new West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. Commenting on the bid, Andy Street said: “Everyone agreed that we have to support the Birmingham bid. It will be Birmingham’s…
20 April 2017
Birmingham Airport broke through the 12 million passenger mark for the first time recently. On Easter Monday the record was hit when 12.004, 124 passengers were recorded travelling over the last 12 months. This represents a 14.3% increase in passenger numbers year on year over the rolling 12-month period. The airport has recorded an impressive 25 months…
10 April 2017
Birmingham is fast becoming the leading UK film location outside London. With Steven Spielberg recently filming scenes from his forthcoming blockbuster Ready Player One on Floodgate Street in the Jewellery Quarter, the city is seen as a highly cost effective alternative to the capital. Whether for film locations, production offices or a base for suppliers,…
6 April 2017
New figures from Marketing Birmingham have revealed that the city enjoyed a record number of visitors in 2016 with numbers reaching 39 million. This has resulted in tourism revenue for Birmingham hitting an all-time high of £6.5 billion. The number of visitors represent a 2.5% increase on 2015 and it is now estimated that the number of full-time…
5 April 2017
Plans are in place for a major Birmingham city centre regeneration project which could potentially house around 10,000 people once completed. The 23-storey tower will form part of a new four-building office complex next door to the prestigious Mailbox shopping development. The 4.1 acre site, which is undergoing wholesale regeneration, has already seen…
29 March 2017
The largest ever Qatar-UK delegation are in Birmingham this week to discuss various projects and investment opportunities in the city.   Trade Secretary Liam Fox together with senior government officials from Qatar will be at the ICC where investment projects across sport, healthcare and cyber-security will be on the agenda. It is hoped that this…
23 March 2017
Plans for the new UK Central Hub centred around the new HS2 station in Solihull are currently being set and are expected to create more than 77,000 jobs and add over £4 billion to the region’s economy. Leaders from both the business and public sectors have outlined a 20-year vision for the hub in Solihull which will include new homes, commercial…
21 March 2017
The much-anticipated £200 million revamp of the old Typhoo building in Digbeth is set to start next year. This will encompass the building itself, an area off Bordesley Street including Typhoo Wharf and the adjacent canal basin. A wide range of new bars, restaurants, office space, art studios and homes will be created as part of the redevelopment.…
21 March 2017
Recent research from TheHouseShop.com, one of the UK’s leading online property advertising platforms, has revealed that nearly 20% of respondents to a survey about investment asset classes were still confident about the buy-to-let market. This is the case despite numerous new regulations introduced by the government and upcoming tax changes.…
28 February 2017
Today is pancake day and the team at Barrows and Forrester are already starting to salivate over the toppings they would like on their ideal pancake. The big question is – do you go savoury or do you go sweet? The consensus with the team is that sweet is the way to go. We asked Krishan Patel, Property Sales Consultant, what is preferred toppings…
21 February 2017
At Barrows and Forrester, we have steadily watched the growth of city centre living in Birmingham and the rising demand from young professionals and students. A new report by global investment consultancy JLL confirms our experience and they forecast that the increasing demand from young professionals, students and investors will drive the residential…
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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