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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…
20 December 2016
Despite a steep fall in home ownership in Greater Manchester over the past couple of decades, the city is finally on the rise again, with 68% of property professionals recently voting Manchester the best city to invest in from all the cities in the Northern Powerhouse. The Northern Powerhouse is the ongoing government proposal to boost the economy…
15 December 2016
Manchester's reputation as a world-class city is on the rise, with more and more people and businesses realising what a great place it is to live and work. As a city with an amazing pool of talent, one of the world's most connected airports and transport infrastructures and one of the highest quality and most diverse ranges of businesses, it's no surprise…
23 November 2016
Investing in student property is proving to be popular with a new generation of investors who do not want the hassle that can often be associated with traditional buy-to-let investments. With student numbers growing and a lack of quality accommodation to house them, the development of high specification PBSA (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation) is…
16 November 2016
The North West stretch of HS2 has been confirmed today by Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, and Manchester Airport is one of the key destinations that it will stop at.  The western section of the line will stop at Crewe and Manchester Airport ,en-route to a new station which will be situated right next to Manchester Piccadilly.…
3 November 2016
Student property investment – HMO or PBSA? Investing in student property can be a profitable and rewarding experience if you know what you’re doing. As with any investment, it pays to do your research and carry out due diligence before you jump in so that you know exactly what you’re getting into. With student property, there are…
3 November 2016
Demolition is just about to start to make way for Oxygen Tower , Property Alliance Group’s iconic 31 storey tower that will soon be a prestigious residential landmark in the heart of Manchester. Located close to Manchester Piccadilly Station, the Northern Quarter and the commercial heartland of the city, Oxygen’s prime location will be…
28 July 2017
There’s lots of fab events taking place in Birmingham during 2017. From painted bear trails and world class athletics to fantastic outdoor cultural performances and roaming dinosaurs! There’s something for everybody and if you’re at a loose end with the kids over the summer holidays, there’s plenty to keep you all entertained.…
24 July 2017
Top tips for first time buyers (if you’re still living at home) With over 25% of British people who are aged 50 plus still having grown-up children living at home, the prospect of buying a home for the first time can seem unattainable. Getting together a deposit and the funds needed for your first home is definitely daunting but with a bit of…
4 July 2017
The number of start-up businesses in Birmingham has grown by 25% over the last 12 months, according to the annual report from Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. This makes the region the fastest growing in the country with the regional economy being bolstered by 4.7% by all this extra activity. The annual report reveals that 18,600 private sector…
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.…
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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