Neighbourhood Watch: Salford Quays, Greater Manchester      

Neighbourhood Watch: Salford Quays, Greater Manchester      

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Salford Quays

Home to Salford’s largest regeneration plans, the Salford Quays is Greater Manchester’s exceptional waterfront destination excelling in retail, culture, media, technology and transport.

Tourism

City Centre Cruise

A budding tourist attraction, Salford Quays takes full advantage of its position by the waterfront and Greater Manchester’s history. Manchester City Centre allows customers to enjoy the vast of the city sailing down The Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell to connect with the Salford Quays.

Retail

Lowry Outlet

Manchester’s only outlet mall with 85 stores on two floors, with up to 60% off designer shopping all year round. Discount retailers include famous names for clothing such as Whistles and Flannels as well as homeware and cosmetic companies. After your shopping unwind at the 400-seat food court with restaurants and cafes. The centre also has a health and fitness centre and a seven-screen cinema.

Culture

IMAGE: Helly Hansen Watersports Centre

Helly Hansen Watersports Centre

The contemporary area is booming with entertainment activities from theatre and cinema to sport and museums. The Helly Hansen Watersports Centre at The Quays is a unique sporting venue which is well placed and perfect for taking to the water.

The Lowry

The Lowry is a celebration of the arts, embracing local talent through a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art.

Regeneration

MediaCityUK

Salford Quay’s is home to MediaCityUK, Manchester’s international hub for technology, innovative and creativity.  Featuring companies such as BBC, ITV, Kellogg’s and Ericsson the 200-acre mixed-use property development, is a focal point for nurturing the best talent and host to a wide variety of leisure activities on the bank of the Manchester Ship Canal.

As part of the £800m Salford Quays 2020 Masterplan, Salford Quays is set to welcome its tallest tower yet, along with two flagship towers and 628 car parking spaces.

Final Note

Taking full advantage of Manchester’s rising economic growth, Salford Quays is in the perfect position for residential, student and commercial property.

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Why the South Wales Metro is good news for Property Investment    

Why the South Wales Metro is good news for Property Investment    

Regeneration is the future

While Northern England is enjoying the fruits of the Northern Powerhouse Initiative, The Midland Engine is en route to experience the same level of economic regeneration for the Midland Region stretching to Wales. The biggest form of development is none other than The South Wales Metro set to revolutionise the transport of the region.

South Wales Metro 

The South Wales Metro is a multimodal integrated public transport network set to transform rail services, local bus services and active travel. This will include an investment of £738 million into the valley lines to Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney and Coryton. Over 170km of track will be electrified and track stations and signaling will all be upgraded including the building of at least five brand new stations.

What’s happening?

In preparation of this, Transport for Wales are investing in a £100 million depot to be at the heart of South Wales metro operations. Situated in Rhondaa Cynon Taf, the development of the depot will be the first major works as part of Transport for Wales’ transformation of the valley’s rail network for the South Wales Metro, as part of the wider £5 billion investment to transform transport in Wales. The modern depot will maintain brand new Metro Vehicles which are due to enter service from 2022. The site will also include a new Integrated Control Centre which will manage the operation of services on the Metro lines.

What does this mean for property investment?

Commutability

The revolutionized transportation system makes South Wales a key area for employees and businesses to enjoy. This will allow businesses to enjoy access to a wider talent pool from areas within the

Tourism

From the breathtaking Brecon Beacons to the spectacular Glamorgan Heritage Coast, the evolution of staycations, has seen South Wales continue to be a tourist attraction. The arrival of the South Wales Metro will strengthen the tourism industry, by stretching to more districts across the South Wales region.

The student population

Many students in their second, third and postgraduate years of study choose to live in private student accommodation instead of student halls. The arrival of the South Wales Metro, will give flexibility of the locations of student properties. With an efficiently-run transport system coming, the demand for luxury student accommodation will

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Neighbourhood Watch: Luton, Bedfordshire

Neighbourhood Watch: Luton, Bedfordshire

Luton

Offering relaxation and a healthy work life balance, Luton, only 22 minutes from Central London is an ideal choice for investment. The town of Bedfordshire provides an unrivalled combination of superb infrastructure, great access and a skilled workforce.

Culture

Wardens Hill Reserve

Away from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s busy city centre, Luton is magnet for recuperation. Home to a number of tranquil beauties including Wardens Hill Nature Reserve, the top attraction is Stockwood Park.  The 100-hectare park is at Luton’s southern limits is a former country estate, embraces the glorious natural beauty of the home. Within the park, the Stockton Discovery Centre, located within the stables, comprising a Discovery Hall, a set of Victorian Greenhouses and the Discovery Galleries.  In the Discovery Hall, the Springs and Wheel exhibition looks at the evolution of transport over centuries. The Discovery Galleries are dedicated to local history, and have Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval artefacts, as well as a collection of arts and crafts gathered from Bedfordshire villages in from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Education

University of Bedfordshire

Home to over 24,000 students from more than 100 countries, Luton has a diverse student population for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. Within Luton’s vibrant arts and cultural scene named, the Cultural Quarter, Luton is jam packed with cultural diversity. Home to an 11-screen cinema, a shopping mall, an indoor market and much more, the town embraces its student population.

Regeneration

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Power Court Stadium. Image: 2020 Developments

Set to enjoy a wide range of regeneration, Luton’s most anticipated projects include the Power Court stadium, a new 23,000 seat football stadium complete with a selection of bars, restaurants, a hotel and housing. Additionally, Newlands Park will revitalise the city as a retail, hotel and business centre. The redevelopment and the expansion of the selection of leisure and retail facilities on offer in Luton is set to create over 4,000 new jobs.

Alongside these sizeable regeneration projects, Luton Council are pushing Luton to become a key player in world economy by their on-going £1.5 billion worth of inward investment. Spanning 20 years, the inward Investment Framework will see the council improve roads, rail and bus access and business projects.

Infrastructure improvements will include the £225 million Luton driverless trains from Luton Airport Parkway Station to Luton Airport (DART) and the £30 million update to the M1 Junction 10a to ease traffic to the airport and surrounding areas.

Transport

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The council expects to attract sufficient companies to create 18,500 new jobs over the next 20 years. This, in turn, will also help improve the property market as more homes are needed to meet demand from new residents in the town.

Situated only 30 miles north of London, Luton boasts some of the best travel connections in the commuter belt, offering a 22-minute train journey to the centre of the capital and direct rail links to London Bridge, Blackfriars and London Farringdon. By car, Luton is a short drive to the M1 and M25, and a 6-min drive to London Luton Airport.

Luton is a globally connected town and is home to the UK’s 5th busiest airport which offers direct flights to 70 worldwide destinations. The local rail network not only connects Luton to London and the rest of the UK, but also provides a fast service to Paris via Eurostar at Kings Cross St Pancras.

Final Note

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Neighbourhood Watch: Roath, Cardiff

Neighbourhood Watch: Roath, Cardiff

Roath, Cardiff

In Wales’ thriving capital city, Roath is a district thriving with community, creativity and culture celebrating a diverse mix of students, young professionals and growing families to make the neighbourhood the eclectic success it is today.

Retail

Penny Lane Vintage

Voted the 6th best shopping destination in the UK, Cardiff’s retail industry is a thriving economy. As Cardiff’s home of artistry, Roath’s surplus of shops is overflowing with choice. From vintage furniture at Beti Biggs’ Den to zero waste shop Ripple Living, Albany Road is bubbling with artistic talent for trade.

A top favourite of the area, is Penny Lane Vintage, an atmospheric boutique tucked in Wellfield Court surrounded by charity shops and fruit and veg stalls, all sharing a passion to serve the local community.

Culture

Roath Park

Celebrating Wales’ beautiful nature, Roath Park offers picturesque views of the lake and iconic walks through the Botanical and Rose Gardens, Roath Brook and Recreation Grounds. Offering an unspoilt Victorian architecture to contrast the modern touches from the conservation area with water birds to the tennis courts and playgrounds, Roach Park offers the tranquillity of suburbia.

Made In Roath Festival

Branded the artistic epicentre of Cardiff, Roath embraces the local talent, madeinroath, a week-long community arts festival showcases the huge creative talent from within the local community, as well as bringing exciting and inspiring art and culture to Roath. Launched in 2009, the October festival boasts a host of local art, craft and exhibitions to cater to the jam-packed artistic talent of Roath.

Cuisine

Milgi

Comfortably located along Wellfield Road, a favourite among young professionals, Pear Tree, is a cosy café/bar while La Vita offers the perfect Sunday afternoon of pizza and wine and Chai, is a serene option for tea drinkers. The first of its kind, Ana Loka, is Cardiff’s first vegan café.

Celebrating their diverse community, City Road offering of kooky cocktails in a yurt at vegetarian eatery Milgi to Lebanese feasts with belly dancing for entertainment at Mezza Luna.

Education

University of Cardiff

With three universities in the city, Roath is a popular choice for students in their second and third year.

Final Note

Favoured by students and young professionals alike, Roath is brimming with strong investment opportunities for student, residential and commercial properties.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Islington, London

Neighbourhood Watch: Islington, London

Islington.

Islington Area.

One of London’s trendiest and most electric areas, Islington defines posh meets street as the hub of independent theatres, clubs and boutiques.

Retail

Islington Square.

From the chic Upper Street to the down-to-earth Caledonian Road and Chapel Street, Islington is undeniably the arts corner of North London. Additionally, Islington Square is a major shopping hub for the area, comprising a collection of mixed size retail units with double height ceiling included.

Exmouth Market.

Boasting a strong sense of community, Exmouth Market, offers fantastic local shopping emphasising quality, speciality and variety. Offering primarily food stalls, Exmouth Market is home to local and specialist farmers to small region continental delicacies.

Education

City University.

The main campus for four universities including City University, a world class higher education institution, Islington is a popular student area with fast and efficient transport links to central London via Highbury & Islington Station an Angel Tube Station.

Culture

The Screen on the Green.

Famed for its off the beaten path culture, Islington’s culture appetite is anything but mainstream.

Islington’s Screen on the Green famous for hosting the legendary 1976 gig featuring The Buzzcocks, The Clash and the Sex Pistols is a fantastic cinema mixing Hollywood with home comforts. The single screen Edwardian cinema boasts an in-cinema bar serving food and drinks and your choice of comfy cinema seats or double couches.

The Almeida Theatre, Islington.

A supporter of new talent and a driving force in off-West End, The Almeida Theatre is a 325-seat theatre producing a diverse range of British and international drama with some of the world’s best artists. Supported using public money by Arts Council England, the theatre fundraises £1.3 million annually which, combined with ticket sales, contributes to its £4.2 million turnover.

Sadler’s Wells.

On the other side of the spectrum, Sadler’s Wells is the world’s number one venue dedicated to delivered the gold standard of UK and international dance. From circus to flamenco, Sadlers Well has something for everyone.

Cuisine

The Albion.

Islington mixes historical heritage with contemporary facilities from culture to eateries. Remaining form the Georgian era, The Albion, is an elegant and tranquil pub offering a country atmosphere. Serving traditional British food and broadcasting sporting events, the beer gardens complete with a flower bed of roses, is a popular choice for many a Londoner looking to relax.

Radici.

Boasting a diverse community demand, Radici celebrates the heritage of acclaimed chef Francesco Mazzei’s Calabrian and Southern Italian roots. Top choices on the menu range from a wood-fired oven cooked pizza to delicious cocktails concocted by drinks maestro Simone Caporale.

Regeneration

Andover Estate.

Following World War II, a number of Islington’s suffered considerable damage. To restore the area to its former glory, Islington Council spent several years regenerating Annover Estate and Marquess Estate.

Islington Architects worked with the local community to provide simplified pedestrian routes with clearly defined semi-private and public areas, by installing fob access gates for residents, and improving sightlines, lighting, and paving materials. The new features stretch to semi-native plantings in the courtyards, and a new central square.

Final Note

A magnet for innovation and famed for its eclectic neighbourhood, Islington is loved by students, young professionals and businesses for its tranquil atmosphere and thriving community spirit.

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Schools Out! Tourism’s in!

Schools Out! Tourism’s in!

Why investing in hotel property is the best thing for the summer

The arrival of August stands for one thing for many of us- a summer holiday. As Brexit approaches and the pounds value is decreasing, many holiday goers are approaching their trips with caution. Combined with the rising costs of daily life, domestic holidays, affectionately referred to as staycations are on the rise.

What does this mean for Hotels?

The increase in domestic travel over international trips means the demand for UK hotel rooms is skyrocketing. The hotel industry reached a total turnover of £98 billion in 2017 proves the demand for quality hotels in the UK is in prime demand.

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No. 7, Blackpool

The tourism economy accounts for 9.6% of all UK jobs. This equated to 3.1 million jobs in 2013 and producing £126.9 million UK GPD in 2013. This was also a 173,000 net increase in jobs in 2010-2012.

Since 2010 tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the UK in employment terms. Britain is forecasted to have 38.8 million oversea visits equating to £24.9 billion in 2019. The tourism industry is predicted to be worth over £257 billion by 2025. The rise in tourism is a result in the millennial and Generation Z wishing to enjoy experiences over purchased items.

The Brexit Cloud

Brexit’s October deadline has seen the value of the pound plummet making international travel a financial stretch for many. As an alternative many are making the most of British soil choosing city breaks and seaside venues including Brighton, Plymouth and Cornwall. For a property investor, this is the chance of a lifetime to financially benefit from the domestic tourism demand. Investing in a hotel will see both oversea visitors take advantage of the low cost of the pound and British travellers wanting to enjoy a cost-effective vacation.

 

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Neighbourhood Watch: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham 

Neighbourhood Watch: Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham 

Jewellery Quarter 

 

Dating back over 250 years, the Jewellery Quarter is one of the oldest districts in Birmingham.  From humble beginnings, the Jewellery Quarter is now home to more than 500 jewellery retailers and recognised as an international hub of fine jewels. Since its conception, the district has expanded to a cultural beacon to rival Digbeth featuring museums including Coffin Works to restaurants such as Lasan.

Cuisine

40 st pauls, birmingham, jewellery quarter, neighbourhood watch

Leading the way with trendy bars, independent restaurants and creative spaces, the Jewellery Quarter, known locally as JQ is home to an assortment of amenities. The area’s highlights expand to gin emporium 40 St Pauls, named after the stunning St Paul’s Square.

Culture

JQ Festival

Once only known as the home of crystalized rocks, the jewellery Culture has evolved into a beacon of cultural proclivity. The district’s main attraction is the annual July festival, JQ festival, celebrating everything Jewellery Quarter. Dubbed a miniature Glastonbury, the bustling festival features everything from independent musicians to children’s games, epitomising the glamour and diversity of the city.

Additionally, the Jewellery Quarter is home to an assortment of attractions including Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and RBSA.   The neighbourhood’s centrepiece is St Paul’s Square. Lined with streets of offices, music venues and pubs, the Jewellery Quarter is the perfect place to work, rest and play.

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Transport

Jewellery Quarter station

Considered the Shoreditch of Birmingham and one of the growing city’s highlights, the Jewellery Quarter is a powerhouse of transportation options. In less than ten minutes, JQ is sandwiched between Grand Central and Wolverhampton via tram and is a regular stop on the Birmingham to Worcester line operating every 10 minutes via Birmingham Moor Street and Snow Hill. Matched by road transportation, the neighbourhood is accessible by the M1 and M5 with a multi-storey carpark on Vyse Street.

Retail

Crown Jules

The Jewellery Quarter is Europe’s largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, producing 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK.

Final Note

The heart of Birmingham’s creative scene, the Jewellery Quarter mixes heritage with contemporary creative sectors to strengthen Birmingham’s position in the Northern Powerhouse. As Birmingham continues to be the fastest growing city in the UK, the Jewellery Quarter has evolved into an amazing opportunity for property investment.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Ropewalks, Liverpool

Neighbourhood Watch: Ropewalks, Liverpool

Ropewalks  

Named after the 19th century dominating industry of crafting ropes for the sailor ships, Ropewalks is at the heart of Liverpool’s independent scene, bursting with art, music, culture and home to places including Bold Street and The Bombed Out Church. Voted one of the hippest places to live- beating out the trendy Baltic Triangle area, the array of restaurants, bars and thriving bars keep the neighbourhood electric from day to night.

Retail

Bold Street

Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the best shopping streets in the UK, Bold Street is one of Ropewalk’s main attractions, keeping Liverpool as a top European destination. Packed with independent shops, restaurants and cafes, Bold Street is home to everything from world foods to records to please ever type of shopper.

Leaf

The food on offer varies from street food delights at Peruvian Chicha to world foods at Mattas. Paired with sweet tooth’s dream, Bold Street Sweets and loose-leaf tea house LEAF, Bold Street offers a culinary delight for every occasion.

Living up to Lonely Planet’s recommendation, News from Nowhere and Rennies Art Gallery provide a eclectic dose of culture to the bustling shopping destination.

Culture

Bluecoat

Bluecoat, a Grade I listed 300-year-old building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, is home a year-round supply of visual art, literature, music, dance and live art. Alongside the vast supply of culture, Bluecoat is also has a café, restaurant and additionally Bluecoat is home to a wide range of independent shops from jewellery to ceramics at the internationally recognised Bluecoat Display Centre.

FACT

Around the corner from Bold Street, FACT, the UK’s leading gallery showcasing everything in film, video and new media. Exhibitions at FACT are developed by a range of international artists working with everything from prosthetic hands to video games. Past exhibitions have included Shia LaBeouf answering people’s phone calls. FACT is also home to a cinema showing all the latest blockbusters and independent films, a bar and The Garden café.

St Luke’s Church, known locally as The Bombed Church, is Ropewalks’ most famous landmark. Missing its roof due as a result of World War Two, the church now hosts many different events from local markets to gigs and weddings.

Nightlife

Cafe Tabac, Liverpool

Ropewalks is Liverpool’s highlight for nightlife, known for the assortment of options. Where it’s a quiet Saturday afternoon drink or a wild night out, Ropewalks has a bar for every social event.

Hebbie Jeebies, Kazimier Gardens and Pogue Mahones are perfect for a relaxing drink while Café Tabac embodies nostalgia to match their cocktails and red wine collection. Located at the very top of Bold Street, Cafe Tabac is an effortlessly cool, velvet encased, candle lit bar with an eclectic hip hop soundtrack. The closest to a continental experience you’ll get in the city, this neon lit establishment is reminiscent of the Nouvelle Vague period, transporting you to a smoke-filled cafe in 60s Paris.

Transport

Liverpool Central Station

The icing on the cake of Ropewalk is its ability to get around the area, thanks to Merseyrail’s Central Station. Merseyrail are one of the top performing rail operators in the country services customers every 15-30 minutes to 68 stations across the region.

Final Note

The home of Liverpool’s independent scene, Ropewalks is a highlight for students, professionals and tourists. Offering everything from an exciting shopping scene to a booming nightlife Ropewalks is an amazing opportunity for residential, commercial, hotel and student property investment.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Millbay, Plymouth

Neighbourhood Watch: Millbay, Plymouth

Millbay

Millbay, commonly known as Millbay Docks is one of the largest regeneration projects in South England, transforming the area into a vibrant waterfront quarter for Plymouth.

Tourism

Millbay Docks

Being a seaside city, tourism makes up a notable sector of the local economy, being worth over £300 million, where over 270 marine-related firms are soaring. In the 1930s many of the transatlantic mail liners moored en route in Plymouth Sound and both mail and passengers were transferred by tenders operating the Millbay Docks. As the largest port on the south coast, with ferry’s to Europe and 3-hour train journeys to London, Plymouth welcomes 5.5 million visitors every year, proving itself to be an ideal location for hotel and holiday lodge property investment.

Regeneration

For almost 26 years, Plymouth’s historic waterfront has undergone regenerative planning to convert Millbay Docks into a thriving marina-side residential village.

To realise these plans, the Millbay Pier project will redevelop the pier and surrounding dockland into three eleven-storey residential apartment buildings accompanied by two smaller land-based apartment blocks of five and six-storeys.  The regeneration of Millbay Pier will complete a long-term plan to redevelop the area into a signature housing development including retail and leisure units. The plans will revive a run-down area of Plymouth’s historical harbourside and provide much needed housing in the city.

Dutch-based Vastint Hospitality have submitted a hybrid application to put a 175-bedroom hotel, seven houses and seven studio apartments for short-term rent, on the Pavilions carpark.  English Cities Fund (ECf), the company behind the long-term regeneration of Millbay, wants to see a 10-storey block of 58 apartments and a 155-bedroom hotel rise up on land known as Plot C1 off Millbay Road.

Mayflower Court

Additionally, Mayflower Court, nicknamed the Abbeyfield Project, will provide an 8-storey block of retirement flats. Due to be completed in early 2020, the multi-million-pound development will consist of 10 one-bedroom apartments for sale, 70 remaining one and two-bedroom apartments for rental and ground floor restaurant, hair salon and commercial units.

Cuisine

Bridgemans

To complement the ocean city’s reputation, Millbay offers an array of eateries including Bridgeman’s and Mill Bay’s Sushi.

Transport

Plymouth Railway Station

Millbay is located less than twenty minutes from Plymouth Railway Station which is in the process of undergoing regeneration to improve connectivity and the local atmosphere.

The Joint Local Plan says any development should provide for the following:

  1. A more intensive form of development which makes better use of vacant and underused space, with retention and refurbishment of Intercity House or its replacement with a high-quality landmark building.
  2. Use of landmark buildings to provide a widely visible presence to the station.
  3. A high quality and attractive station entrance, including the creation of a new public space, with a direct public route on foot and by bicycle from Armada Way.
  4. Uses which create activity around the station.
  5. Clear information regarding connecting bus services and good access for bus passengers.
  6. Opportunities to support the introduction of sustainable transport choices such as cycle hire, car clubs and electric vehicle charge points.
  7. Replacement of the existing multi-storey car park, with high quality parking provided as an integral part of the scheme.
  8. Pedestrian and cycle links to Central Park
  9. Enhanced connections between the campuses, the City Centre, the History Centre, Railway Station and neighbouring areas of the city.
  10. Tree planting and greening of the campuses to enhance the environment and absorb air pollution.
  11. Sustainable energy strategies, including the delivery of district heating opportunities.

Plymouth is set to get a Metro system with new stations in and around the city. The proposed scheme, branded ‘Plymouth trams’ is a bid to get commuters off the road. Two areas in Plympton, Marsh Mills and Colebrook, have already been earmarked for a station and the first step will be to reopen the local rail link to Tavistock, reinstating the Plymouth to Exeter routes via Tavistock and Okehampton. Work is already underway to make that a reality.

If the plans go ahead, this will greatly benefit the connectivity Millbay has to the wider Plymouth area.

Education

Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Home to Plymouth School of Creative Arts, commonly known as ‘The Red School’ Millbay is at the centre of Plymouth’s thriving creative community. Only 5 minutes’ drive away from the University of Plymouth the Millbay acts as the perfect location of socialising. Responsible for 23,155 of Plymouth’s student population Millbay supported by mass regeneration is the ideal location for residential and student property investment.

Final Note

Plymouth is a vibrant seaside city offering a fantastic quality of life. One of the reasons so many moves to Plymouth whether for university or for career prospects, is the exciting cultural scene mixed with the beautiful sea.

In the centre of extensive regeneration schemes including the 24.6 Northern Corridor transport scheme and the £13 million Science and technology hub, now is the time to invest in Plymouth’s thriving district for student, residential and commercial property.

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All Hail Battersea

All Hail Battersea

Battersea, London

London is no stranger to regeneration. Some of the trendiest areas in London are a product of redevelopment. Hackney was once the poster district for London’s crime and today the regenerated factors is now a beacon of creativity and very much a tourist attraction for oversea visitors. Likewise, Streatham, a significantly wealthy area in the 1920s, when left to its own devices has lost this reputation.

The Millionaire Millennial

As millennials begin their journey into investment, the desire to follow in the property footsteps of their parents has dwindled. Instead of desiring luxury areas such as Knightsbridge, the investors of today are favouring the electric atmosphere of Battersea, Peckham and Brixton.

Theatreland 2.0

Today a prime location for London’s regeneration scheme is none other than Battersea. At one point, the South West London area was famous for the industrial slums by Clapham Junction and the housing estate which garage musical collective, So Solid Crew were founded on.  In a bid to compete with their traditionally luxurious counterparts such as South Kensington, the Borough of Wandsworth has invested in the future of the borough to benefit from London’s reputation of a thriving cultural scene, most dominantly, theatre.

Situated beside Battersea Powerhouse, the 200-seat Turbine Theatre, opening in August 2019 is expected to be a celebration of new writing led by Artistic Director, Paul Taylor-Mills.

“I’m elated to be launching a brand-new theatre at the iconic Battersea Power Station. The vision is a simple one, to enable world class artists to tell stories that enchant at the Turbine Theatre and eventually play beyond our London home. We’re interested in being the starting point for new shows and also reimagining the older ones. It has been a lifetime dream of mine to have a home for my ideas that feels authentically ‘me’”.

A Battersea of the future

Battersea Power Station

Once an industrial powerhouse, Battersea Power Station is an iconic member of London’s skyline featured in films including Children of Men, The Dark Knight. Since being decommissioned in 1983, many developers have placed bids to breath new life into the iconic landmark with proposals including a theme park and football stadium.

In 2012, S P Setia Berhad, Sime Darby, and Employees Provident Fund agreed to acquire and develop the historic site into London’s newest neighbourhood. The first phase, Circus West Village featuring apartments, shops, cafes and restaurants opened in Spring 2017.

The next phase includes the highly awaited opening of Battersea Power Station itself and the Northern Line extension, both anticipated to be ready in 2021. Additionally, the Power Station will see a new high street, Electric Boulevard, which will include shops, cafes, restaurants and approximately 539 homes including luxury penthouses.

The £9 billion 42-acre development, is set to comprise three floors of shops, bars and restaurants, including an entire floor dedicated to food. There will also be a boutique cinema, a 1,500-capacity event space, 450 metres of riverside frontage and a six-acre power station park beside the Thames.

Taking full advantage of the growing tech sector, the power station will be a business hub featuring 1.25 million sq. ft. office space. 500,000 sq. ft. of has been secured by The Apple Group for its new London Campus while No 18, a Swedish business members club, is leasing 40,000 sq. ft.

Final Note

London will continue to be beacon of economy, culture and education, so London will continue to be a hotspot of investment.

Philip Mason, international sales director at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said at a recent media briefing for Phase 3A: “Besides the iconic building, there is always a reason for everyone to come here. The Northern Line Extension (Battersea Power Station) will be a boon to attract more investors and visitors, giving accessibility to the two hubs of the city – the financial and cultural districts.”

“London is never going to be cheap. Those who wanted to invest, better do it now. A lot of people from overseas have already started investing in London,” Mason added.

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