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?


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


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: 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.


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.


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.



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.


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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Why Invest in Ethical Property?

In the world of investment, property is the safest route to net returns. After all, as long as people need accommodation, property will always be in demand be it commercial, student or residential. We’ve entered a new era of property investment, where financial return is not the only concern but also how the property can service a community.

An ageing population

Danygraig Care Home, Wales

As scientific discoveries have revolutionised medicine, the 2019 life expectancy in the UK is 80.99 years while in 1969 the life expectancy was 71.72 years. The UK celebrates over 10 million aged 65 and older, outnumbering those aged 16 and under with the baby boomer generation (1946-1964) reaching retirement age, the demand for residential and nursing homes is at high demand. Currently, 400,000 people are living in care homes, and over 800,000 people living with Dementia. By 2021, this will rise to 1 million, and be more than double by 2050.

They’re currently 400,000 people living in care homes, and due to the over 85-year-old demographic being the fastest growing age group, predicted to grow by 106% to over 2.6 million by 2030.

Bryn Illtyd Residential Home, Wales

With the mortality rate in the UK, dramatically rising, there is a dramatic increase in demand for specialist dementia and nursing care. The care home market will play a significant role in our future society, with increasing demand for quality accommodation, care and funding.

The combined market value for older people in the UK is currently estimated to be worth £22.2 billion, of which £13.4 billion is attributable to residential care. As the number of elderly people with high care needs in the UK is expected to increase over the next 20 years, the need for modern, fit for purpose care homes is increasing rapidly.

The Millennial Effect

The Bridge, Kirkcaldy

Over 62% of millennials have considered starting their own business, with 72% feeling that start-ups and entrepreneurs are a necessary economic force for creating jobs and driving innovation. According to the 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report, millennials are starting businesses at younger ages than their counterparts in previous generations. Baby boomers, for example, tended to launch their first business at an average of 35 years of age. Millennials, on the other hand, start their first business around age 27, implying they’re more eager to start businesses and possibly, are more willing to take risks in doing so. The report also shows that millennials have launched about twice as many businesses as their baby boomer counterparts have

The millennial leaders demand action on major issues including climate change, mental illness and work life balance. Commercial property is seeing their influence and meeting their perquisites outdoor spaces, remote working capabilities and multipurpose spaces.

Autism and the UK

In 2019, there are approximately 700,000 autistic people in UK, more than 1 in 100. Including their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Many autistic children in state schools find difficulty in their needs being catered to, to the extent that 63% of children on the autism spectrum are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them. Additionally, 17% of autistic children have been suspended from school; 48% of these had been suspended three or more times; 4% had been expelled from one or more schools.

St Camillus No7, Blackpool

As autism is a lifelong disability that cannot be seen, the need for support to cope with finding employment and surviving daily life is vital.  Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment and only 32% are in some kind of paid work.

To adhere to this, John Lewis has launched autism-friendly shoe services and The Education Authority now spends £270m a year on supporting children with special educational needs – including autism.

Final Note

With the rise of ethical factors being pushed for the forefront, the property market must represent the world we live in, both financially and medically.







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