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Olympian Cyclist Gives Thumbs-Up to New Manchester City Centre Bike Hub

October 31, 2012

Olympian cyclist Steven Burke gave his personal endorsement to a major new development for cyclists in Manchester city centre last weekend – the City Tower Cycle Hub in Piccadilly Gardens. The new development is a first for the city of Manchester and has everything that a commuting cyclist may need, since it is designed to […]

Manchester City Centre Party to Honour Olympians

October 24, 2012

photo credit: Nick J Webb Olympian heroes will receive the thanks of Mancunians on Friday at a massive celebration in Manchester city centre. Over 60 Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners, including Sir Chris Hoy, will attend Friday’s public party in Albert Square. City centre locations such as the Manchester Velodrome were instrumental in Team […]

Education and Office Space Fuels Manchester City Centre Construction Boom

October 4, 2012

photo credit: acme A new survey has revealed a boost to property development in Manchester city centre. The latest Drivers Jonas Deloitte Crane Survey showed a significant increase in construction work in educational establishments, hotels and the office sector from July 2011 to July 2012. Researchers found that there had been a particularly large rise […]

Manchester Allotments and Food Gardens Open to the Public

September 7, 2012

photo credit: Jim Linwood Manchester city centre is rightly considered one of the great urban centres of the UK, but that does not mean that there’s not plenty of opportunities for people with green fingers as well. City centre estate agents can show you many properties with ample gardens and yards – and there are […]

Planning Permission Granted for Manchester City Centre Development

August 24, 2012

photo credit: Smabs Sputzer Developers have received planning permission for the next step of an ambitious scheme to regenerate the northern quarter of Manchester city centre – the so-called Smithfield Project. Manchester City Council approved developer Muse’s plans as part of its wider Northern Quarter regeneration scheme. As part of the Smithfield Project, Muse will […]

HMV to Sell Two Manchester Music Venues

August 10, 2012

photo credit: Grey World Music and electronics retailer HMV said this week that it is considering selling two live music venues in Manchester city centre. HMV told the Manchester Evening News that it was in “preliminary discussions” over the sale of the Ritz and the GAY nightclub, after already concluding a deal to divest itself […]

New BID Proposed for Manchester City Centre

July 19, 2012

photo credit: Alex Parks photos Manchester city centre management company Cityco has been working with the city council’s corporate and regeneration officers on plans to create a city centre business improvement district (BID). The BID would be located in the retail core area of Manchester city centre and would be a specific area where businesses […]

Deansgate Development Finally Underway in Manchester City Centre

July 11, 2012

photo credit: Smabs Sputzer Manchester city centre will soon be feeling the benefits of a new major development on Deansgate, with city centre estate agents taking note of the possible knock-on benefits for properties in the area. Plans to redevelop the former county court building on the site have been in place since 2000, and […]

Demand Grows for Manchester Office Space

June 14, 2012

Manchester property analysts have predicted this week that office rents in the city are going to become lucrative business as the desirability of a city centre location continues to grow. The Manchester Evening News reported that rents for city centre offices had increased by more than twice the inflation rate over the past 12 months, […]

Eden Hazard Wooed by Man City on Tour of Manchester Property Scene

May 8, 2012

photo credit: avlxyz Reports emerged at the end of last week that Manchester City football club have taken their primary summer transfer prospect Eden Hazard on a tour of the Manchester property market to stop him defecting to their arch-rivals Manchester United. Man City are very keen to add the 21-year-old Lille player to their […]

Yorkshire Businessman Loses Case Over Manchester Property Snatch

May 3, 2012

The High Court rejected claims by a Yorkshire developer this week that he was “robbed” of a Manchester property site by a business rival. Controversial property developer Trevor Guy claimed that he was left millions of pounds out of pocket when the Manchester brownfield site was “fraudulently transferred” to a company in Gibraltar by lawyers […]

Altrincham and Hale Property Market Praised by Guardian

April 21, 2012

The Guardian newspaper gave a boost to the Manchester property market yesterday when the weekend’s “Let’s Move To…” section focused on the “ general swankiness and astonishingly good schools” of Altrincham and Hale. The feature noted the recent influx of BBC employees, thanks to the opening of the MediaCityUK development at Trafford Docks, and claimed […]

Italian Restauranteur Invests in Manchester Property Scene

April 18, 2012

photo credit: Adam B. Further evidence of the vibrancy and profitability of the Manchester property sector emerged this week with the news that Italian restaurant owner Bo Khan has opened his first 100-head eatery in the city. Mr Khan, is also taking advantage of the positive situation to get a foot in the door with […]

Manchester Property Investment Draws Envious Gazes from London’s Authorities

April 11, 2012

photo credit: Gene Hunt Reports this week showed that other cities are seeking to emulate Manchester’s innovative approach to investment, with London particularly interested in the success of the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund. The fund is the key tool in the investment programme of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) – a pool of […]

MMU to Sell-Off Several Campus Sites

March 30, 2012 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is creating opportunities in the Manchester property sector following its decision to sell off some five campus sites throughout the city. The university has around 35,000 students, many of who are housed at the seven or so campus sites owned by MMU. Its administrators, however, have decided to concentrate its […]

Man U Seeks to Expand Manchester Property Portfolio

March 26, 2012 International footballing juggernaut Manchester United could soon be moving more squarely into the Manchester property scene, if reports out this week are anything to go by. The club is apparently considering buying properties on the Trafford Park industrial estate, which is close to the team’s iconic ground. The Manchester property portfolio that Man U […]

Manchester Property Movers and Shakers Attend MIPIM 2012 in Cannes

March 23, 2012

Hundreds of Manchester property professionals flew to the south of France at the start of this month for this year’s MIPIM (Marché International des Professionnels d’Immobilier) property convention. Described as the “market for international property trade”, the convention in Cannes aimed to showcase property development, conferences and investment opportunities, while giving plenty of opportunities for […]

Manchester Property Boom on Back of ‘Airport City’?

March 15, 2012 A massive revitalisation of the Wythenshawe area is helping to fuel a miniature Manchester property boom, reports this week revealed. A £650 million development around Manchester Airport, known as Airport City, is taking place, following a government announcement at the start of the year that the area was now an “enterprise zone” with fast-track […]

Manchester’s Architectural Heritage – the Video Tour

March 1, 2012

Take a trip through the fascinating history of the Manchester property scene with knowledgeable city tour guide Ed Glinert. Ed has been taking groups around Manchester for years, and knows the city’s most buildings literally inside out. In this video, he uses the examples of famous Manchester property landmarks such as the Beetham Tower, Lee […]

The BBC’s MediaCityUK Helps Boost Manchester Property Sector

February 22, 2012

New developments in Manchester, such as the BBC’s “MediaCityUK” have been nothing less than a major boost to the Manchester property sector, according to one international specialist in business insurance. The short video report, by QBE, explains that such developments are not only boosting trade and commerce in the city, as professionals and other workers […]

Manchester Property Market Set for Slow Recovery

February 16, 2012

The directors of a leading financial advice company have said that the Manchester property market is on the road to recovery – although the process may be a slow one. This week, bosses at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) gave their predictions for the housing market up until 2017, during an industry seminar being held in […]

Council Unveils Plan for ‘Manchester Mortgages’ to Encourage House-Buying

February 8, 2012

              The Manchester property market may be set to get a boost, it emerged this week. Council bosses have announced plans to help first-time buyers with a so-called “Manchester mortgage,” using £25 million currently lying dormant in the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to build new affordable homes. Manchester City […]

Manchester’s 10 Tallest Buildings

February 3, 2012

The Manchester property sector has many impressive buildings to boast of and the city itself is an impressive sight, combining the grandeur of the industrial age with the thrusting glamour of the 21st century. One of the most visible aspects of this is the tall buildings of Manchester. Property developers tend to like having at […]

Manchester Property Competition Seeks New Ideas

January 30, 2012

  Anyone with an interest in the future of Manchester property now has the opportunity to display their original thinking and creativity, after a group of developers and regeneration experts launched a new competition this week. Mancunian developer Urban Splash, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and urban regeneration firm New East Manchester (NEM) are […]

Manchester’s Five Most Impressive Buildings

January 19, 2012

The Manchester property market is awash with incredible buildings and highly desirable properties in a variety of styles. This is due to the city’s great diversity of districts, its embrace of many distinct architectural styles and its industrial heritage. Here, we take a look at five of Manchester’s most impressive buildings, old and new: 1) […]

Ancoats Dispensary Spared the Wrecking Ball

January 9, 2012

One of the most eye-catching yet neglected buildings in the Manchester property sector may have been saved from an ignominious end, according to reports this week. The iconic Ancoats Dispensary building on Mill Street – a fantastic Grade II-listed Victorian structure which serves as a powerful reminder of the city’s industrial heritage – has been […]

GMLEP Warning: An Elected Mayor Would be Bad for Manchester Property Sector

January 4, 2012

Plans for an elected city mayor received a blow recently when the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP) warned that it would not be good for Manchester property sector and not in the interests of the people of Manchester either. A referendum on whether to begin directly electing mayors in some of Britain’s cities will […]

Affordable Houses in the North Add to Appeal of Manchester Property

December 30, 2011

First-time buyers could be finding a great deal of potential in Manchester property, if the latest figures from the Halifax are anything to go buy. The mortgage lender’s First-Time Buyer Review said that the affordability of residential properties is the highest it has been for eight years, with 95 per cent of the most affordable […]

Manchester Property Could Benefit From ‘Bonfire of Whitehall Controls’

December 19, 2011

photo credit: Gene Hunt Manchester property could be set for a planning and development renaissance following revelations that government proposals could see powers transferred from Whitehall to regional hubs. Under the government initiative, centres such as Manchester could gain strong new powers to direct and regulate housing, planning, transport and jobs. Deputy Prime Minister Nick […]

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