Neighbourhood Watch: The Creative Quarter, Nottingham

Neighbourhood Watch: The Creative Quarter, Nottingham

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The Creative Quarter, Nottingham

An environment for creative and digital businesses to thrive, The Creative Quarter is Nottingham’s number one choice for students, investors, locals and visitors to learn, live and leisure.

Education

Nottingham College City Hub

Ranked the sixth best student city, Nottingham produces 19,700 graduates each year with 32% of Nottingham’s population hold a degree-level qualification.  The Creative Quarter is home to Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham College and the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

Nottingham Trent University was ranked #1 University in 2017 by Times Higher Education whilst Nottingham Business School has this year being shortlisted for Times Higher Education Business School of the Year. The district has a steady flow of first-class talent with up-to-the-minute skills.

Nottingham College’s £58 million City Hub regeneration demonstrates a grand investment in the city’s education. It will offer new facilities and resources for college students and provide community facilities such as a new café and performing arts centre. The neighbouring area to set to provide and open and green space for the community and the College is working with the council to ensure the area and surrounding through-routes are well lit and accessible, helping to create a good flow between this area and the rest of the city centre.

Business

Digital Marketing Company

Nottingham boasts a talented workforce of over 1.1 million, leading the way for knowledge intensive industries including financial and business services, creative and digital, life sciences and advanced manufacturing., of which employ 60% of Nottingham.

The Creative Quarter is a stand-out feature of Nottingham’s creative and digital sector considered ‘incubator without walls’ offers everything from unique businesses spaces, co-working hubs along with independent retails, bars and restaurants. From the two universities, businesses have a large talent pool of 29,000+ creative and digital students.

Regeneration

Broadmarsh Shopping Centre

Nottingham is currently embarking on commercial regeneration with the £250 million Southern Gateway, £150 million re-development of the Broadmarsh shopping centre and the highly anticipated Boots Island site development that is set to include a 5-star hotel, retail space, homes and offices.

The city is also set to benefit as the HS2 network is constructed, with the East Midlands Hub base planned for Toton, on the outskirts of the city, further reducing journey times to London and bringing the rest of the country closer.

Culture

Nottingham Arts Theatre

Named UNESCO City of Literature, Nottingham is a beacon of the creative arts with The Creative Quarter in centre stage. Refurbished lace factories and warehouses have evolved into modern urban living spaces, galleries take centre stage and restaurants populate the district.

Local Retail shop, Paper Came to Light was founded in honour of the local independent shops in Hockley. Today, you’ll find the best publishing and magazines from around the world stocked.

In the heart of Hockley, Nottingham Arts Theatre has shown an array of fantastic shows featuring some of the best talent in the East Midlands. The main theatre seats 300 people and has a proscenium arch and an orchestra pit.

With independent brands, fashion designers and retailers getting involved every year, Nottingham Fashion Week is a celebration of the city’s clothing industry. With live entertainment this is a chance to see new collections from the emerging talent and established names.

Rental Yields

Sherwood Square, Nottingham

This Is Money’s research discovered that Nottingham claims first and fifth rental hotspots in the UK. NG1 takes first place with an average rental yield of 11.99% while NG7 held fifth place with at 8.89%.

Transport

Nottingham Rail Station

In the heart of the Midlands, Nottingham hosts fantastic transport links including the railway to London St Pancras for as little as 90 minutes. Additionally, The Creative Quarter boasts from the £50,000 tram extension and the planned £188 million connection between Nottingham and Derby.

Final Note

The Creative Quarter boasts the epicentre of culture as Nottingham rises as the fastest growing city in the East Midlands. CBRE Research depicted that in October 2018, Nottingham is the ninth largest creative economy of the UK.

 

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Neighbourhood Watch: Ouseburn, Newcastle

Neighbourhood Watch: Ouseburn, Newcastle

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Ouseburn, Newcastle

Once the cradle of Newcastle’s industrial revolution, Ouseburn has evolved into a beacon of creativity due to the culture-led regeneration in the city. Despite Newcastle being named one of six UK cities named a science city, an abundance of creative businesses calls Ouseburn home, welcoming an array of artists and musicians.

Creative Hotspot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ouseburn is an established creative hub, breathing new life in the factorial buildings.  A neighbourhood favourite for creative start-ups is Hoults Yard, former Victorian pottery works transformed into a complex of offices and studios. Beloved among Newcastle’s artist and creative businesses is 36 Lime Street, an affordable studio space to rent.

Social Capabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embracing the beauty of nature, Ouseburn Farm, is a community-run farm featuring a range of flora and fauna, where visitors are encouraged to interact with the animals. To complement this, Stepney Bank Stables offer horse-riding lessons, encouraging children to enjoy the outdoors.

The Cluny, formally a whiskey bottling plant, is a bar and music venue popular on the Newcastle social scene where musicians including Mumford and Sons have played. Other popular hangouts for the Ouseburn crowd include Northern Print, Cobalt Studios and independent gallery, Artisan at the Biscuit Factory.

Rental Yields

Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle

Ouseburn, located in close proximity to University of Newcastle, is a great neighbourhood to invest in. With an average of 8.16% in NE1 and 8.43% in NE6, Ouseburn celebrates some of the highest rental yields in the UK.

Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedicated readers and enthusiastic writers travel far and wide to visit, Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books. Originally a charity, Children’s Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt, opened Seven Stories to the public upon moving to Ouseburn for its cultural regeneration.

For tourists interested in the historical aspect of Newcastle, Ouseburn hosts Victoria Tunnel, a preserved 19th-century wagon way under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne.

Local Cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catering to students, young professionals and families, Ouseburn offers a variety of cookery. Vegans meals are served up at The Ship Inn and coffee enthusiasts will be at home at Ouseburn Coffee. Other options include The Tyne pub, The Cook House and The Cumberland Arms.

Final Note

Newcastle’s answer to Shoreditch, Ouseburn has reinvented the city as a creative epicentre alongside its scientific reputation. Mixing both rural and urban living, Ouseburn possibilities for investment are endless.

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London Property Investment

London Property Investment

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Despite the impending presence of Brexit, London stands tall as a property investment icon, Boasting world-class theatre, state-of-the-art education and a £565 billion economy.

A melting pot of culture

The capital is the largest city in both the UK and European Union with an estimated 8.8 million population. Covering 607.12 sq. miles, equalling to 22,250 residents per square mile, London continues to be in high demand for property. Offering an array of industries from retail to fashion, London is considered one of the most diverse cities in the world for ethnicity and religious beliefs.

Christian 48.4%
Muslim 12.39%
Hindu 5%
Jewish 1.82%
Sikh 1.5%
Buddhist 1%
Other 0.6%
No Religion 20.73%

 

Of the 8.8 million people living in London, 37% were born outside of the UK; two thirds from outside of the European Union. According to the 2011 Census, 262,247 people living in London were born in India. As more opportunities are conceived in London the numbers are predicted to grow to up to 10.5 million by 2035.

YEAR POPULATION GROWTH RATE
2035 10,556, 486 0.63%
2030 10,228,051 0.78%
2025 9,840,742 1.13%
2020 9,304,016 1.39%
2019 9,176,530 1.45%
2015 8,661,381 1.49%
2010 8,044,433 1.41%
2005 7,501,217 0.62%
2000 7,272,819 0.68%
1995 7,029,508 0.68%
1990 6,794,400 0.16%

 

An American in London

The rise of the tech sector in London, most predominately Silicon Valley Tech Giants, have boosted London’s property market. US property investors are soaring through Marylebone, Mayfair, and Chelsea. Accounting for 6% of all sales by foreign buyers in London, second only to Chinese buyers, President Trump’s relaxation of tax laws governing repatriation of money held over-shore which has freed hundreds of billions of dollars for investment in blue chip assets.

Saudi Arabia £13.4 million
Turkey £10.8 million
Germany £9.8 million
Russia £9.1 million
USA £7.3 million

 

Property developer, Knight Frank established that Americans have paid an average of £7.3 million for Central London homes this year in Marylebone. Liam Bailey of Knight Frank claims “the pound’s weakness against the dollar since the Brexit referendum combined with weaker underlying prices had made London more affordable, but the huge sums being ploughed into the tech giants and hedge funds are the driving factor.

There has been a significant uptick in demand for prime property from relocating US employees, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Among the market leaders are Google’s £1 billion European headquarters in King Cross, Facebook’s engineering hub at Rathbone Place and Amazon UK’s headquarters in Shoreditch.

The new face of the tech sector

The past decade has seen London evolve into the tech hub of Europe, with a new generation of leaders. The millennials leading the tech sector demand action on major issues including climate change, mental illness and work life balance. Commercial property is seeing their influence and meeting their perquisites via ping pong tables, remote working capabilities and multipurpose spaces.

The tech sector is expected to be the leading industry in London in the next ten years. Currently, Canary Wharf hosts more than 35,000 tech workers. In preparation for the upcoming economic changes, property developers are already preparing to accommodate this.

Image: CanaryWharfGroup

Wood Wharf is set to become the districts largest regeneration development. A major requirement for this generation of leaders is access to outside space and the latest 5G networks. A £5m sq. ft project with more than £2m sq. ft of commercial leasing, distinctive workplaces, and interconnected public space is being built to meet the demands of the tech-heavy tenant.

Hotspot Neighbourhoods

London attracts all sorts of people for its variety of experiences. In 2019, the most in-demand region is East London. London has always been notorious from its innovative creative scene, and with more independent galleries, creative start-ups, young professionals and couples are heading to the regeneration sector of East London.

Generation DINKY

ONS figures showed that in 2017 the proportion of women never having children has doubled in a generation. A Savills study reported that the DINK generation (Dual Income No Kids), possessing a combined income of £80,000 where the older partner is 26-35 are heading towards South and South East London including prime riverfront addresses from London Bridge, Bermondsey and East Putney,

“There is definitely the attraction of water at play,” says Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills and author of the report. “They are going to be slightly less concerned about family things,” he says. “It’s all about leisure and amenity.”

London of the Future

As the capital city, London is continuously subjected to regeneration to continue its position as an economic powerhouse of Europe.

Tulip Tower

The 1000ft proposed Tulip Tower is intended to reside by the Gherkin, making the skyscraper the second tallest structure in Western Europe, featuring a viewing platform with rotating pods. The Tulip will include a restaurant and sky bar in addition to a floor for educational purposes during school hours.

Infinity Pool

Designers Compass Pools, are proposing a ‘world’s first’ transparent infinity pool on top of a 55-storey building providing 360-degree views of London. To not jeopardize the view, a spiral staircase will rotate and rise through the 600,000-litre pool to provide access.

Hackney Wick

Since the construction of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, investors and developers alike, have seen potential in the east London area. Once industrial buildings are being converted into luxury apartments and residential sites such as The Bagel Factory are are drawing in many young professionals for the supply of an alternative social scene.

North Bank

To contest with the South Bank, Westminster Council will fund a £28 million scheme to redevelop the North Bank. Home to Somerset House and The Savoy Hotel, the North Bank will replace Aldwych gyratory system with a two-way road and a new plaza is to be installed by St Mary le strand church. Additionally, the Strand from Aldwych to Melbourne Place to the east will be pedestrianised and lined with cherry trees. The riverbank will be opened up to become a cultural quarter lined with restaurants, bars and a retail to compete the Southbank.

Elizabeth Line

The Elizabeth Line is Transport for London’s new rail line, currently being built by Crossrail Ltd, is expected to service approximately 200 million people every year. Stretching more than 60 miles from Reading to Shenfield, the Elizabeth Line stops at 41 stations, 10 new newly build stations and 30 newly upgraded.

Final Note

As the capital, London is the first stop for regeneration, historical value, education, culture, as evident by its 8.8 million population. Despite Brexit, as long as London continues to be a global phenomenon, it is a formidable location for student, commercial and residential property investment.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Digbeth, Birmingham

Neighbourhood Watch: Digbeth, Birmingham

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Brum City 

 

Digbeth is Birmingham’s self-titled creative sector and most distinctive part of the city, less than ten minutes from Bullring and Grand Central. Named “the Coolest Neighbourhood in Britain” by the Sunday Times, Digbeth is a favourite for generation rent. With the upcoming arrival of HS2 and New Street rail station £770 million redevelopments, Digbeth celebrates 5-6% rental yields.

Culture

Digbeth is a trendy, artistic hub comprised of galleries and studios. Eastside Projects is a free, public, artist-run space, showcases temporary shows from both local and international artists. Every Friday of the moth, the artists’ collective teams up with other groups in the area to delivery special events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport

New Street Station has undergone £770 million redevelopments, boosting daily passenger capacity to 240,000. The new station is five times the size of the original station with a striking height atrium topped with a bubble roof made from ETFE, a fluorine-based plastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Cuisine

Digbeth, Dining Club, Birmingham Mail

Digbeth is home to the infamous Dining Club, a street food dining experience. Cooking a range of alternative cuisines with energetic DJ’s, visitors can enjoy everything from Pizza and crepes to Caribbean and Malaysian dishes under the partially covered rooftop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Final Note

A growing city, Birmingham is proving to be a metropolitan city, with something to accommodate everyone. The rising economy, mass regeneration, and emerging transport links make Digbeth one of the most demanding places for property in the country. Now is the time to invest in the future of the country, the future of education, employment and most importantly, property.

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5 Reasons to Invest in Liverpool

5 Reasons to Invest in Liverpool

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The Pool of Life

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Liverpool, the northern city of culture is thriving by the minute. Home to numerous higher educational institutions, a beautiful sky view and Liverpool FC’s the Reds, Liverpool continues to grow in population, from young professionals, students and businesses setting up in the northern city. With its thriving economy, Liverpool is a fantastic city to invest in, boasting one of the highest rental yields in the country.  We’ve picked out our top investments in the city.

Natex

  • 9% NET rental return for 5 years
  • Prices from £67,500
  • Completion: Q3 2020
  • 566 units in 2 blocks: 472 clusters and 94 studio apartments
  • Central Liverpool location
  • Close proximity to 6 universities, 2 train stations, and 1 major shopping centre
  • Includes a resident’s café and game room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric Village 

  • Prices from £98,500
  • Estimated 7% rental yield for 3 years
  • 449 studio apartments, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments
  • Completion: Q4 2019
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Located in Knowledge Quarter
  • Within 10 minutes to Liverpool One Shopping Centre, Liverpool Waters and Lime Street Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AURA 

  • En suite from £62,950
  • Studios from £77,950
  • 8% NET yields assured for 5 years
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Completion: Q3 2020
  • 702 cluster en-suite rooms and 305 studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rise 

  • Prices from £67,400
  • 7% NET rental yields guaranteed for 5 years
  • Completion: Q3 2019 (student) Completion: Dec 2019-Q1 2020 (residential)
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Located in the progressive Knowledge Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tannery 

  • 6% NET return for 3 years
  • 5% interest on deposited funds
  • Prices from £85,000
  • 381 studio apartments, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Ground Rent: £300
  • Completion: Q3 2019 (Block C), Q2 2020 (Block B)
  • Central Liverpool location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why everyone will want to live in the Fabric District…

Why everyone will want to live in the Fabric District…

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Once the stomping ground for the industrial sector to make ends meet, the Fabric District, the end result of Liverpool’s thriving regeneration is now one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Liverpool. Home to larger than life fabric and haberdashery, Abakan’s and Try & Lily, a family firm known for police hat manufacturing, the up and coming neighbourhood is welcoming innovation from the fashion crowd.

  1. Money, Money, Money.

Knowledge Quarter

Fabric District lives within the Knowledge Quarter which will enjoy the mass £1 billion investment benefits. Businesses are so invested in the opportunities of Fabric District they are being waitlisted to relocate here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cultural epicentre

Try & Lilly Ltd

In the heart of Liverpool’s fashion industry is numerous industrial businesses including drapers, tailors and upholstery businesses, it comes as no surprise the creative minds of tomorrow are regulars in the Fabric District. Their presence has led to a 3-day international free arts festival from the fine arts to ceramics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Intellectually Located

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool is home to three universities including Liverpool Hope University, teacher training college, Edge Hill University and drama school, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Located in close proximity to all of these educational institutions makes Fabric District ideal for student accommodation and residential property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Commutability

Fabric District borders Lime Street, giving the trendy neighbourhood efficient transport links to the city, and with the plans for HS2 in full effect, commuting up and down the country will be an easy task for those preferring the Liverpool atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Final Note

Nicknamed the capital of culture, Liverpool is proving to be a metropolitan city, with something to accommodate everyone. The rising economy, mass regeneration and emerging transport links make Fabric District one of the most demanding place for property in the country. Now is the time to invest in the future of the country, the future of education, employment and most importantly, property.

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Why the cool kids of property are falling in love with Middlewood Locks regeneration…

Why the cool kids of property are falling in love with Middlewood Locks regeneration…

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Manchester never fails to impress, from sport and theatre to entertainment and property. Demand for the rainy city is seeing property value increasing by 29.22%, thanks to the rise in people heading to Manchester for the growing job prospects. The regeneration plans have completely reinvented the city, with new neighbourhoods evolving to meet the growing demand. Middlewood Locks, an exciting new neighbourhood by Salford Central railway station is the biggest scheme of regeneration in the Manchester area.

Community

Cleverly located by the waterside, Middlewood Locks offers the serenity of suburbia with the excitement of city life, an innovative place of business and a new location for shops, hotels, restaurants and bars, public open spaces, only ten minutes away from Spinningfields. More than just a neighbourhood, the £1 billion regeneration, Manchester’s most vibrant, and soon to be the favoured place to live among young professionals and growing families, is a lifestyle compiling of amenities including a gym, bar, nursery and medical centre.

Green Space

In the clean and open spaces featuring nature trails and cycle paths, Middlewood Locks offers relaxing greenery by the beautiful canal. Complemented by the beautiful trees, the park life will be a welcome calmness from the hustle and bustle of city life, operating at a slower pace.

Transport

The attractive 24.5acre site offers the gift of transportation with Manchester City Centre within walking distance and main transportation links only a mile away. The local area offers a host of developments coming from source including The Greengate Generation to revive 13 hectares in order to reconnect the historic centre of Salford with Manchester’s modern vibrancy. Additionally, Irwell River Park is creating an international waterfront destination providing a range of environmental improvements for sustainable transportation in addition to commercial and residential development.

A place to call home.

A place to live, work and relax, Middlewood Locks, plays host to Middlewood Plaza, an impressive development featuring split-height blocks of six and nine storeys, with a total of 125 homes across the site.

 

  • Smart technology included as standard, for a future-proofed development
  • An appealing mix of apartments, townhouses and duplexes
  • High-quality kitchens and bathrooms included as standard
  • Secure underground parking
  • Dedicated cycle bays
  • Fully wheelchair accessible apartments
  • All apartments serviced by fully maintained lifts
  • Whole-house ventilation and sprinkler system protection
  • Private roof terrace access for all residents

 

As an investment, Middlewood Locks is showcasing the future of property: a combination of the quietness of suburbia and the cosmopolitan of the city. Middlewood Locks is the answer for the accommodation needs of the Manchester urban professional. Mixing luxury living spaces with close-knit amenities means the demand for tenancy will be high upon completion.

For more information about Middlewood Plaza, please call (0)20 8445 6542 or email info@tarquinjones.com

 

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