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‘Women in Property’ Encourages Women into the Sector
Business, Money, Legal & Jobs

‘Women in Property’ Encourages Women into the Sector

Industry organisation Women in Property would like to encourage more women into the sector, citing a healthy pipeline of new talent, flexible working environment and inspirational female role models as critical to this challenge. A University of Brighton student is one of four winning students who will represent the South East region at the national final of the Women in Property South East Student Awards. Speaking at an event to celebrate the awards, legal director Michelle Kershaw said: “This country…

UK's Most Family Friendly City
Residential

UK’s Most Family Friendly City

MoneySuperMarket, a price comparison site, decided to take a look at where in the UK is currently the best place to raise a family. The Family Living Index analysed 35 of the UK’s biggest cities against key factors that impact family life, including local school rankings, access to green space, likelihood of burglary, house prices, job opportunities and the average salary, by matching year-on-year data. The study revealed that the best place for young families is Bath, overtaking last year’s…

£2bn for Housing Is Not Enough
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£2bn for Housing Is Not Enough

Conservative council leaders are pressuring Theresa May to invest more in low-cost rented homes, as the concerns that not enough is being done to fix Britain’s housing crisis are growing. The prime minister promised last year £2 billion for a new generation of council houses and affordable homes for rent; however, that might not be enough. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation surveyed 121 Tory council leaders and heads of housing from across the UK and found that 96% of them wanted…

Technologies

How PropTech is revolutionising Social Housing

Like the rest of the world, the property sector is being swept along with the rapidly changing digital landscape as demand for new technologies increases. For many years, housing providers have operated using static business processes. Software and business process applications have either been developed in-house by teams of IT experts or purchased expensive bespoke packages that have evolved in line with the changing needs of the growing organisation. As a result, many housing providers face considerable legacy system issues…

London Borough of Brent to Build More Homes
Residential

London Borough of Brent to Build More Homes

Property developer Wates Residential has been appointed by the London Borough of Brent for the construction of 149 new homes by December 2021. The £23.4 million project will see the construction of two new buildings, which will offer 92 homes for temporary accommodation and 57 for independent living for local, vulnerable residents. The Knowles House redevelopment in Harlesden is part of the council’s Temporary Accommodation Reform Plan, which will invest, in total, £130 million on up to 600 new homes…

Sisk Selected for Manchester Development
Planning & Developments

Sisk Selected for Manchester Development

Property developer Bruntwood has chosen construction company John Sisk & Son (Sisk) to deliver the first phase of the commercial development at Circle Square, a new city centre neighbourhood in Manchester. Carrying a £96 million development value, the award comes after Sisk was chosen to deliver the £140 million Circle Square Affinity residential development for Bruntwood’s joint venture partner Select Property Group in November 2017. Sisk will complete all current contract works on the project, which will employ at its…

Glasgow Garages Transformed into Urban Mansion
Planning & Developments

Glasgow Garages Transformed into Urban Mansion

Page\Park Architects have brought forward the proposal to transform a redundant Arnold Clark garage in Glasgow’s Charing Cross into a development consisting of 65 flats with parking space, a raised garden deck and two shops. Although the existing buildings are still of some interest, including early and late examples of industrial Art Deco, the architects are confident that the development presents an opportunity to complete an urban block of tenements, while rationalising backcourt areas to provide more green space. The…

Apartment Scheme in Croydon Receives Funding
Residential

Apartment Scheme in Croydon Receives Funding

The 251-unit Taberner House scheme in Croydon has received a £100 million funding from Legal & General (L&G), which agreed on the deal with developer HUB and specialist investor Bridges Fund Management. L&G will take ownership of the 35-storey building, on which the main contractor, Henry Construction, has already started construction work. "Our funding deal will act as a catalyst for further housing development in Croydon and will help support the wider regeneration of the area. Bringing together the development…

Business, Money, Legal & Jobs

Who Is Eligible for a Mortgage?

A research by Online Mortgage Advisor shows that a fear of rejection makes those working part-time, flexibly or who are self-employed, along with those who have a poor credit history not apply for a home loan. To help people better understand what the mortgage requirements are, the advisor has published a list of five types of potential borrower who assume they won’t qualify, but they actually could. “Advice varies enormously between brokers and criteria vary significantly from lender to lender.…

Loan Facility for Peterborough Properties
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Loan Facility for Peterborough Properties

Mantra Capital, the boutique commercial finance consultancy, has arranged a £3.25 million load facility for a newly completed 48-unit office-to-residential development in Peterborough. The residential investment loan was against properties comprising one and two-bed flats that will be let out by Mantra’s client, Arbuthnot Commercial, primarily to young professionals. “Arbuthnot Commercial is a fantastic lender to work with, as their underwriting is flexible and they always make the effort to genuinely understand a borrower’s circumstances and goals,” said Nimesh Sanghrajka,…