Neighbourhood Watch: Northern Quarter, Manchester

Neighbourhood Watch: Northern Quarter, Manchester

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Northern Quarter Sandwiched between Piccadilly and the Ancoats, the Northern Quarter retains a unique character and charm. Located around the revamped High Street and the ‘original Northern Quarter’ on Oldham Street, it’s next to both the Arndale Centre and Piccadilly Gardens, and now stretches up to Piccadilly Basin, next to the station, taking its name from the M4

Neighbourhood Watch: Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter

Sandwiched between Piccadilly and the Ancoats, the Northern Quarter retains a unique character and charm. Located around the revamped High Street and the ‘original Northern Quarter’ on Oldham Street, it’s next to both the Arndale Centre and Piccadilly Gardens, and now stretches up to Piccadilly Basin, next to the station, taking its name from the M4 postcode, in which it sits.

Retail

 

Affleck’s Palace

The heart of Manchester’s urban creative scene, Northern Quarter is home to countless independent fashion stores, record shops, cafes. Bars and restaurants and the world-famous Affleck’s Palace, providing affordable outlets for independent designers and traders across four floors.

 

Retro Rehab

Home to Manchester’s independent shopping scene, the Northern Quarter’s top retail attractions include Retro Rehab, a vintage clothing boutique, offering unique vintage and hand-tailored clothing and accessories while the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, housed in the beautifully restored former Victorian Fish and Poultry Market, is home to an array of artist-run studios offering the best in local design, jewellery, bags and accessories.

Cuisine

 

Cafe Pop

More than a quirky shopping utopia, the Northern Quarter’s eateries are a big success with Café Pop and Oklahoma among the hotspot eateries. Among the variety of cuisine available in the Northern Quarter, Cottonpolis pays homage to Manchester’s industrial past. Hidden behind Piccadilly, the venue offers an exclusive experience boasting unique cocktails, delicious bites and some of the best DJ’s on Manchester’s music scene. Their Japanese inspired menu is served daily from 12-10pm with the bar staying open till 12am Monday-Wednesday and till 2am Friday and Saturday.

 

Cane & Grain

Alternatively, a celebration of American food, Cane and Grain offer three floors of rum, ribs and beef. Their first floor Rib Joint is perfect for a lunchtime beer with a stack of short ribs, while the Science & Industry area is ideal for a sophisticated cocktail.

Nightlife

 

Dive NQ

The Northern Quarter has established itself as the most popular place to go for a night in Manchester, with some of the city’s best independent bars and traditional pubs to be found here. The Northern Quarter also has a high proportion of live music venues with the long-standing Band On The Wall, Night & Day Cafe, Dry Bar and Matt & Phreds Jazz Bar all enjoying a great resurgence.

NQ offers everything from live DJ’s and entertainment to bites, beats and liquor with the stars of the show being the giant sharing cocktail buckets.

 

The Bay Horse Tavern

Alternatively, The Bay Horse Tavern is a Victorian pub with a modern twist. Positioned in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, The Bay Horse is a laid-back pub with charm acting as a home away from home, with a vast range of gins, craft beers and other libations.

Final Note

Northern Quarter stands as a hotspot for Manchester’s economy. The large numbers of students and young professionals make the neighbourhood a fantastic opportunity for hotel, residential, student and commercial property.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Little Germany, Bradford

Neighbourhood Watch: Little Germany, Bradford

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Little Germany The trading heart of the world’s textile industry in the mid-19th century, Little Germany was booming with leading wealthy merchants, investing in the city of Bradford with many of the Victorian architecture still on display. History Keen to impress clients, the leading wealthy merchants spared no expense in building imposing offices, showrooms and

Neighbourhood Watch: Little Germany, Bradford

Little Germany

The trading heart of the world’s textile industry in the mid-19th century, Little Germany was booming with leading wealthy merchants, investing in the city of Bradford with many of the Victorian architecture still on display.

History

Keen to impress clients, the leading wealthy merchants spared no expense in building imposing offices, showrooms and warehouses using finest quality Yorkshire stone, with ornate architectural features and decorative masonry. Their aspiration, vision and financial strength created Little Germany, an urban village of outstanding architectural and historical significance.  Today these unique buildings form a collection of 85 buildings constructed between 1855 and 1890, of which 55 are listed.

Theatre

Bradford Playhouse

As the home of Victorian Bradford, Little Germany has become a beacon the creative arts. Among the attractions is The Bradford Playhouse offering a diverse series of venues for access with the West Yorkshire area including Cinderella and The Little Shop of Horrors.

Culture

Bradford Cathedral

Little Germany boasts a close proximity to Bradford Cathedral, one of Yorkshire’s most revered attraction and the oldest building in the city. Set in the tranquil gardens where battle once raged, the Cathedral is alive with the echo if the 13 centuries it has survived through in the heart of Bradford. The third church on the site, is 500 years old, with 20th century additions. Bradford’s most ancient place of worship is friendly, peaceful and fascinating with many special features, including some of William Morris’ earliest stained glass.

Shopping

The Broadway Shopping Centre

Little Germany, situated alongside the Broadway Shopping Centre, is regarded as Europe’s finest merchants’ quarters enabling modern shopping facilities and historic architecture run side by side. Playing homage to its heyday in the mid-19th century, Little Germany offers an array of restaurants and bars including Cona Fine Dining Restaurant, Guzelian Cafe Bar and Gallery.

Final Note

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Neighbourhood Watch: Heysham Village, Lancaster

Neighbourhood Watch: Heysham Village, Lancaster

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Heysham Village Home to stunning 17th century cottages and an 8th century chapel, the charming seaside village of Lancaster, dating back to Viking times offers a worldly cultural beacon with an array of natural beauties. Travel IMAGE: HEYSHAM PORT Following the opening of the new M6 link road, Heysham Village benefits from the local regeneration.

Neighbourhood Watch: Heysham Village, Lancaster

Heysham Village

Home to stunning 17th century cottages and an 8th century chapel, the charming seaside village of Lancaster, dating back to Viking times offers a worldly cultural beacon with an array of natural beauties.

Travel

IMAGE: HEYSHAM PORT

Heysham Port

Following the opening of the new M6 link road, Heysham Village benefits from the local regeneration. In addition, Heysham Port provides ferries and freight shipping to the Isle of Man, Ireland and UK ports. Only a mile away from Heysham Harbour, Heysham Village benefits from the Isle of Man Steam Packey Company running daily ferry services to the Isle of Man.

Culture

IMAGE: JMW TURNER PAINTING OF HEYSHAM

Joseph Mallord William Turner’s painting of Heysham fro 1816

Acting as an escape from Lancaster’s suburbs, Heysham Village is an oasis of nature and greenery, with stunning views across the Irish Sea towards the Isle of Man, the Lake District and the Lancashire Coast. British landscape painter JMW Turner found the scenery so remarkable, he painted Heysham with a spectacular Lakeland background in the 1790s.The painting is currently held at the Tate Britain in London.

Tourism

Heysham Stone Graves

Due to the historical nature of the seaside village, Heysham attracts a vast number of tourists. Evidence of Stone Age man has been found around the headland including stone axes and hammer heads, now residing in Lancaster Museum. The Heysham stone graves near the chapel ruins are believed to date back to the 11th century, making them the earliest graves in the Great Britain. Four of the indents are body-shaped and two are straight-sided, cut into the rock and often now filled with water.

Dating back to Viking times, St Patrick’s, an 8th century chapel is a truly wonderful urban green space to discover. St Peter’s Church stands close by, with the churchyard commanding one of the best views in the country. Paying homage to Heysham’s history, the Heritage Centre tells the story of the village’s architecture and past industry in a series of exhibitions.

Final Note

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Neighbourhood Watch: Ecclesall, Sheffield    

Neighbourhood Watch: Ecclesall, Sheffield    

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Ecclesall  Filled with a thriving high street, Ecclesall is a diverse corner of Sheffield. Close to the city centre and the stunning Peak District, Ecclesall is one of the most in demand areas in Sheffield. In the past decade, Ecclesall has grown in popularity and become one of the most desirable places to live in

Neighbourhood Watch: Ecclesall, Sheffield    

Ecclesall 

Filled with a thriving high street, Ecclesall is a diverse corner of Sheffield. Close to the city centre and the stunning Peak District, Ecclesall is one of the most in demand areas in Sheffield. In the past decade, Ecclesall has grown in popularity and become one of the most desirable places to live in Sheffield.

History

Ecclesall Corn Mill

Ecclesall was historically known as Ecclesall Bierlow and was part off Barnsdale Forest and the Robin Hood legends. The earliest reference to this area is the 13th century with the establishment of the Ecclesall Corn Mill at Millhouses. Until the industrial revolution it was sparsely populated, however has since become a hotspot commuter are for Sheffield City Centre.

Culture

SHEFFIELD BOTANTICAL GARDENS

Known as the home of Sheffield’s greenery, Ecclesall offers the key attractions including Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Endcliffe Park. On top of this, Ecclesall is close to some of the national’s most beloved landmarks including Sheffield United football club and the Peak District National Park.

Cuisine

ALL SIAM THAI

Home to Sheffield’s creative cultural scene, Ecclesall boasts an array of independent restaurants including All Siam Thai, Ashoka Indian and Le Bistrot Pierre.

Shopping

IMAGE: Golden Mile

Ecclesall Road aka the Golden Mile

Ecclesall Road is one of the city’s thriving areas. Nicknamed the “Golden Mile”, Ecclesall Road has nearly 400 shops along a one and half mile stretch from the city centre. These range from high street stores to independent shops and offer art galleries, boutiques, florists, hairdressers and more.

Transport

A625 Ecclesall Road

From Ecclesall, there are vast transportation links to both, throughout the city and across the country. Commuters can enjoy the rural countryside via Ringinglow Road or Sheffield City Centre via the A625 Ecclesall. From Sheffield Rail Station, the city allows access to major UK cities including Leeds and Manchester. Additionally, the East Midlands and Robin Hood Airports are less than an hour away while Manchester and Leeds Bradford International Airport are just an hour and a half distance.

Education

Sheffield Hallam University

With the vast social life offered by the neighbourhood, Ecclesall has a large population, mostly from Sheffield Hallam University.

Final Note

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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 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

Neighbourhood Watch: Salford Quays, Greater Manchester      

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

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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 Away from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s busy city centre, Luton is magnet

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

IMAGE: LONDON LUTON AIRPORT

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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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