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The Ageing Population in UK

The population in the UK is growing, causing an ageing population, as births continue to outnumber deaths, and immigration continues to outgrow emigration.

The UK population is growing — and ageing — as births continue to outnumber deaths, and immigration continues to outgrow emigration.

According to latest figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the UK’s population in 2016 was at its largest ever at 65.6 million, and is projected to reach over 74 million by 2039.

This projection by the ONS which shows the distribution of the UK population from 1976 - 2046 depicts an ageing society in the UK that is growing. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2uuMcka
This projection by the ONS which shows the distribution of the UK population from 1976 – 2046 depicts an ageing  society in the UK that is growing. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2uuMcka

But as the population expands, so does the number of the elderly and infirmed. The old age dependency ratio (OADR) in 2016 was at 285. This means that there were 285 people aged 65 and over for every 1,000 people aged 16 to 64 years (i.e. the traditional working age). Of these figures, 18% are aged 65 and over, and 2.4% are aged 85 and over.  These figures have been increasing since 1996 and is expected to rise further, with 157 local authorities looking at an OADR of above 500 by 2036 compared to only 11 local authorities in 2016.

West Somerset is projected to have an OADR of 928 by 2036 — almost matching the number of those aged 16 to 64 years!

To lend more perspective, only a handful of areas in the UK had over 25% of their local population aged 65 and over in 1996. But by 2036, more than half of the local authorities in the UK are projected to have 25% or more of their local population aged 65 and over. ONS predicts that the number of those aged 65 and over will grow to nearly a quarter of the population by 2046.

The number of those aged 85 and over is also growing. In mid-2016 there were 1.6 million people aged 85 and over, and by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2 million.

Conversely, the proportion of children in the UK population has declined from over 24.5% in 1976 to 18.9% in 2016. This proportion is projected to decline even further in future years.

Projection by the ONS on the population growth by 2041 to reach another 7.3 million by 2041. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2znUvFv
Projection by the ONS on the population growth by 2041 to reach another 7.3 million by 2041. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2znUvFv

Interestingly enough, centenarians are the fastest-growing age group in the UK, with the number of 100-year-olds almost doubling from 7,750 in 2002 to 14,910 in 2016 (note: there were only 3,642 centenarians in 1986!).

The number of people aged 90 and over in the UK reached 571,245 in 2016 — its highest ever.

ONS predicts 46% of growth in the next decade will be from more births  than death.

Underlying improved mortality rates over the last few decades is the steady increase in life expectancy. Life expectancy at birth for females is projected to be 85.1 years by 2026 and 86.6 years by 2036. Males are also projected to live longer, increasing to 82.1 years by 2026 and 83.7 years by 2036.

Inadequate Care Facilities for the Elderly

However, with the increase in OADR across the UK comes an increased demand for professional care facilities to cater to the higher number of elderly and infirmed.

New research has revealed that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men aged 65 and over will be physically impaired by 2047, and their disabilities will be sufficiently severe to affect their daily routines.  

Researchers from the Wittgenstein Centre International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, wrote: ‘[This] might require several measures to accommodate the needs of an increasing number of people with activity limitations such as expanding infrastructure for disabled people in the public as well as private sectors, training of medical specialists and care professionals.’

The question that now arises is whether there is adequate supply of care homes for the elderly and infirm.

There was more than 570,000 aged 90 and over living the UK. This is the highest number ever in the history of UK's population. As the population of the aged and infirm inceases, so does the demand for proper care homes and facilities. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2xCM1Xg
There was more than 570,000 aged 90 and over living the UK. This is the highest number ever in the history of UK’s population. As the population of the aged and infirm inceases, so does the demand for proper care homes and facilities. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2xCM1Xg

Unfortunately, the UK care home sector is facing a national crisis, due to a nett loss in UK care homes and beds. Knight Frank’s UK Healthcare Development Opportunities 2017 report identified a decrease in the number of registrations of both new homes and new beds. Combined with the long-term trend of increased deregistrations, this has caused a nett loss of 166 homes and 2,612 beds across the UK market as at Sept 2016.

The shortage in supply of ade quate care homes and beds is predicted to continue as the UK treads the murky waters of Brexit and other factors.

“The UK care market is facing an imminent crisis as the sector struggles to cope with a national shortage of beds. Our research suggests that if de-registrations continue to exceed the number of new registrations that come to market, approximately 6,000 beds are at risk of closure over the next five years,” said Julian Evans, head of healthcare, Knight Frank.

This crisis and acute undersupply of care homes has now created increasing opportunities for investors, and will continue to drive investor appetite in the coming years.

“But this disparity of care bed supply and demand presents increasing opportunities for investors, and combined with the fall in sterling has generated a truly global appetite for the sector, with the care home sector likely to be the stand out asset class of 2017, particularly for those investors wishing to diversify their asset portfolios in the current uncertain economic climate,” Evans explained.

This marks the first article in the Care Homes series. Next: Care homes- an investment opportunity

By Vivienne Pal 

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UK Taxes & the Common Reporting Standard – Investor Club

In the hall at the CRS & Tax Talk
The crowd pay close attention during our Investor Club UK Taxes & Common Reporting Standard Q&A session with the panel of experts.

The recent CSI Properties’ Investor Club event was a resounding success — a wholesome combination of learning, good food and networking. This instalment of our Investor Club focused on taxes and UK property, and the global and automatic exchange of financial information under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

The atmosphere was relaxed and slightly festive, with decor and food lending a nod to the recent Deepavali celebration.

Kierson Hughes, our specially invited guest speaker from Adams & Moore Tax Consultancy Ltd, a UK-based accountancy and tax firm, took our clients through the various property taxes for investors. Kierson has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and, together with her team, has handled a portfolio of over 3,000 clients.

Kierson Hughes at the Tax Talk
Kierson Hughes highlighted the importance of promptly filing UK tax returns, even if the tax is not applicable to the investor, in order to avoid penalties.

Kierson highlighted two taxes that UK property investors should note: the Stamp Duty Land Tax, which is paid upon purchase of a property, and the Capital Gains Tax, payable upon sale of a property. She also stressed on the importance of promptly filing UK tax returns, even if the tax is not applicable to the investor, in order to avoid penalties.

In the second part of the learning session, guest speakers Fennie Lim and Alvin Yap enlightened clients on the Common Reporting Standard, an international effort involving the automatic sharing of individuals’ financial and tax information among more than 100 member countries/ jurisdictions to combat tax evasion.

Fennie and Alvin speaking at the CRS Talk
Fennie and Alvin speaking about the Common Reporting Standard and international automatic exchange of information.

Fennie is the executive director of Crowe Horwath KL Tax Sdn Bhd, and has 25 years of experience in income tax compliance, tax advisory and indirect tax, as well as tax investigations and field audits.

Alvin, the associate director of Wealth Management at Crowe Horwath KL Tax Sdn Bhd, has more than 20 years experience in personal and corporate risk management, specialising in asset protection, preservation planning and business succession planning.

Reportable accounts under the CRS includes interests earned, dividends, sales proceeds from financial assets and income from certain insurance contracts. Property is among the fixed assets currently not covered by the CRS.  49 jurisdictions have already implemented the CRS this year, with the remaining to follow suit in 2018. Malaysia is among the 53 jurisdictions that will commence its reporting next year. 

The food at the CRS and Tax Talk
In keeping with the festive theme, our team arranged for a sumptuous serving of delicious Indian food to fill the stomachs of our hungry guests.

In keeping with the festive theme, our team arranged for a sumptuous serving of delicious Indian food to fill the stomachs of our hungry guests.

The live thosai station -- a  huge hit and a real crowd-pleaser -- churned out mouth-watering thosai after thosai, made extra fragrant with generous drizzles of ghee.
The live thosai station — a  huge hit and a real crowd-pleaser — churned out mouth-watering thosai after thosai, made extra fragrant with generous drizzles of ghee.

The live thosai station — a  huge hit and a real crowd-pleaser — churned out mouth-watering thosai after thosai, made extra fragrant with generous drizzles of ghee. And, to sweeten the deal, each table had a serving of traditional Indian snacks and sweets like acimurruku and rava kesari.

The Kids' Corner at the CRS and Tax Talk
The Kids’ Corner kept the little children busy making colourful sand art and cute clay figurines of their favourite superheroes as parennts listened to the talk.

There’s always something for the kids here at CSI Properties. The little ones were kept busy, making with colourful sand art and making cute clay figurines of their favourite superheroes, whilst their parents listened to the talk.

Mohammed speaking on Yoga at the CRS and Tax Talk
Mohammed Amiri, a qualified yoga instructor tell us a thing or two about yoga and meditation.

In keeping with our core values of Knowledge and Fun, we ended the evening with Mohammad Amiri, a qualified instructor with the MAYI Yoga Academy and long-time yoga practitioner, who spoke to the crowd about the benefits of yoga and meditation. In his calming, pleasant tone of voice, Mohammad demonstrated how to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our surroundings and drift into a peaceful state of mind. He also taught us a couple of yoga postures that helped relax and rejuvenate our stiff muscles and tired minds.

The Investor Club in Dec will feature Star Wars!
The next Investor Club in Dec will be the movie premiere of The Last Jedi. Star Wars fans, stay tuned!

A heads up to our clients: our next Investor Club event will be an exciting one! To be held mid-December, we will be bringing to club members (from a galaxy far, far away) an exclusive screening of The Last Jedi, the latest Star Wars movie at an exclusive and plush cinema in the Klang Valley.

As always, delicious refreshments will be served. Club members may just catch a surprise appearance of a character or two from the movie! We will be sending out details soon via e-mail and whatsapp, so STAY TUNED!

The Investor Club is an extension of the company’s core values of Knowledge, Service and Having Fun; and an effort to make a difference in the lives of clients through the sharing of knowledge, fun activities and networking. Club events are private and membership is extended exclusively to our clients. For more details on the investor club, call 03-2162 2260.

Article by Ian Choong

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Properties does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Manchester, The Original Modern City

For over 250 years, one UK city has built its reputation for creating more than its fair share of world firsts. Guess which city that is?

Manchester, the new Modern city
Manchester is the UK’s original modern city (Image source: Youtube)

For much of the time it existed, Manchester was a manorial township, with peasants working the fields for the Lord of the Manor. It was only during the turn of the 19th century that Manchester underwent a transformation, and grew at an astonishing rate. This expansion and urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, and resulted in Manchester becoming the world’s first industrialised city.

Today, Manchester is known as the UK’s second city. With 50% growth in the last 10 years, it is the UK’s fastest-growing city and Europe’s second largest creative tech hub. Around 70,000 people now work in the city’s creative, digital and tech industries and a rich talent pool of over 110,000 thinkers thrive in the four leading universities there.

Many defining achievements in science and technology come from Manchester. It’s where the world’s first IVF baby was conceived, where they split the atom and isolated graphene. It’s also where the world’s first stored programme computer was built. A total of 25 Nobel prize winners have come out of Manchester!

Massive amounts of investments have gone into Manchester as part of the British government’s Northern Powerhouse push. Starting from this year, £1 billion will be spent to transform the Manchester airport, further establishing Manchester as one of the most connected cities in the world. The city already boasts direct connections to many of the world’s major capitals, like New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing. The new High Speed Rail (HS2) under construction will cut travel time between Manchester and London from the current 2 hours to just over an hour when it is ready, and, in its second phase, also reduce the time required to travel to Birmingham and Leeds.

Manchester’s staggering development makes it an attractive place for investors looking for the next big thing to invest in. Property, in particular, is a solid choice as there is a growing demand for housing in the city. Manchester registered a 7.3% increase in house prices over the past year, topping the list of all cities in the UK. This demand is bound to rise even higher as Manchester’s economy grows, and more and more jobs are needed.

This video captures the essence of Manchester as the original modern city of the UK:

Facts and figures about Manchester:

  • Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution
  • Where the world’s first IVF baby was conceived
  • 25 Nobel prize winners
  • Where they split the atom and isolated graphene
  • Where the world’s first stored program computer was built.
  • Population of 2.7 million people
  • Over 200 languages
  • With 50% growth in the last 10 years, Manchester is the UK’s fastest-growing city and Europe’s second largest creative tech hub
  • Around 70,000 people now work in the city’s creative, digital and tech industries
  • A rich talent pool of over 110,000 thinkers from four leading universities.
  • Between 2015 and 2017, over £1 billion was spent on the city’s infrastructure.
  • Direct flights to many of the world’s cities, e.g. New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing etc.
  • Called the UK’s second city
  • Global exporters of world-class culture as well as technology; a city united by a passion for sport and music
  • One of the world’s best places to visit in 2015 — the only British city to be given this accolade by the New York Times
  • Home to some of the world’s biggest brands which contribute to Manchester’s £50 billion economy.
Article by Ian Choong

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Properties does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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London Falling

Not all about London anymore. The London housing market is struggling with prices falling for the first time in 8 years. At a record drop of 0.6% in September this year, London is the weakest performing region in the UK for the first time since 2005. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2gcAlkU

Increasingly, statistics reveal that growth is expanding outside London. The focus — be it for housing, jobs, resources, or investment — has moved to buzzing regional cities where business is booming on the back of lower costs and a higher quality of living.

The London housing market is struggling. Nationwide reports that London house prices have fallen for the first time in 8 years, and, at a record drop of 0.6% in September this year, London is the weakest performing region in the UK for the first time since 2005.

Outside London and across the UK, however — despite Brexit and concerns about the economy — prices are still rising, albeit at a slower pace than in recent years. And yet, while London’s house prices may have dropped, they remain unapproachable compared to the cities beyond.

To date, house prices charting the most significant increases in England and Wales are the Midlands* and Northwestern cities of Manchester and Liverpool, as well as in some pockets off central London like Luton and Guildford, and Northern Ireland.

A chart published recently in the Financial Times shows house prices falling in London and the South East but growing elsewhere. Image credit: Financial Times; source: RICS

Greener Investment Pastures Beyond London

Years of rapid price increases have made London and the south unaffordable to many buyers, prompting them to buy further away and commute. After all, it takes less than an hour to travel from Bedford or Luton  to central London by train, while cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool have a buzzing business scene.

The signs have been there for a while now, says Virata Thaivasigamony of CSI Properties (Cornerstone International), an active property investment consultancy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that promotes investments in UK and Australian property.

“The writing has been on the wall for some time and we’ve said that prices in London will flatline this year. London has always been regarded as the business capital and startup central of the UK, but the fact is that businesses and investments are moving outside of London and into the regional cities. It would be remiss of us to ignore that the best places to invest in are now in those cities,” he elaborates.

What’s Trending

Manchester, popularly assumed as UK’s second city and the Silicon Valley of Britain, is fast earning a reputation as the hotbed of tech and startup talent in the UK, thus pushing property prices up. The city is also a recipient of billions in investment dollars, thanks, in part, to the government’s push for the Northern Powerhouse, propelling the rise in investment returns across central and Greater Manchester, including Salford as well as other Northern Powerhouse core cities like Liverpool.

Prices of property have been rising in Northwestern cities such as Manchester, as more corporations move from London to this city to set up headquarters and make use of its resources and talent pool. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2hEX3Um

Corporations are decentralising from London to the regional cities, too. BBC, ITV and HSBC come to mind, having set up home in Greater Manchester; airlines such as Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific have since 2014 provided direct flights between Manchester and Hong Kong, while China’s Hainan Airlines launched a direct flight service in 2016, making Manchester Airport the only British hub outside London to have non-stop flights to Beijing.

Meanwhile, Berkeley, one of Britain’s best-known luxury housebuilders has broken out of London to build a business in Birmingham to cater to housing demand in the city.

Javad Marandi, a British businessman with investments in commercial and residential real estate says, “Regional markets including the North East, the South West and Yorkshire and Humber have shown growth in commercial property activity, a sure sign of a growing business environment with an increasingly positive outlook, making them one of the best regions to invest in. Building a workforce, free of soaring London living costs, will in turn be cheaper to employ – and no doubt happier with the favourable cost of living outside the capital.”

That Britain is plagued by a serious undersupply in housing is an understatement. Opportunities in these cities have expanded the population, further underscoring the acute demand and need for housing. From a property investment standpoint, this is a good thing.

Meanwhile, a number of university cities are showing a spike in house prices. Towns that are home to a large student population such as Guildford and Liverpool, are seeing a surge in prices. The biggest 3-year percentage house price rise was near the University of Bedfordshire, which has its main campus in Luton, charting a 42% increase in prices over the period of an undergraduate degree.

“The best regions to invest in lie outside the capital – it’s no longer all about London,” Marandi concludes.

Statistics by RICS indicate that house prices are set to rise across England next year except for London. Image credit: Financial Times; source: RICS

Growth Outside London  

The UK is still seen as a good and safe place to invest your money due to a weakened pound, and, in spite of uncertainties arising from Brexit.

House prices will continue to rise as demand increases and Britain grapples with a chronic housing undersupply, but it appears — for now — that the best investment opportunities lie in regional cities like Manchester and Liverpool, and the outer boroughs of London.

That said, it is crucial to note that London is a market within a market, with characteristics of its own, and that it will bounce back — just as the housing market in the Midlands* bounced back from a low in 2015 to become one of Britain’s fast-growing housing markets today. On a positive note, it is during these low-market times that savvy investors invest in order to reap the most luscious of fruits when the market bounces back.

Article by Vivienne Pal

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Properties does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Demand for Purpose Built Student Accommodation to Rise

Demand for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in the UK, like One Islington – the latest student accommodation project in our portfolio – is set to rise. Find out more about One Islington from us.

Savills reported a 17%  increase in student accommodation investment in the UK this year, and expects investments in the sector  to reach £5.3bn by the end of the year, surpassing the £4.5bn spent in 2016. Meanwhile, Knight Frank’s UK Student Housing Rental Update reports that headline rental growth for the sector increased by 2.55% for the 2017/18 academic year.

Demand for Purpose-built Student Accommodation (PBSA) or UK Student Property is expected to rise as students continue to flock to the UK to study. Unlike residential property, this sector is seen to be a rock-solid investment in the face of global and domestic challenges.

Savills reported a 17%  increase in student accommodation investment in the UK this year, and expects investments in the sector  to reach £5.3bn by the end of the year, surpassing the £4.5bn spent in 2016. Meanwhile, Knight Frank’s UK Student Housing Rental Update reports that headline rental growth for the sector increased by 2.55% for the 2017/18 academic year.

While some of the younger UK population prefer to seek apprenticeships instead of applying for university, the latest analysis by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows that demand for higher education among 18-year-olds remains strong. In addition, the Government’s removal of the student cap will continue to see an increasing number of international students applying to study in Britain. In the 2017/18 academic year, non-EU applications had risen by 2.2% even while EU applications had fallen ostensibly due to Brexit.

The provision of good quality student accommodation was traditionally the responsibility of universities, but in recent years, most new accommodation has been provided by private investors and developers.

International students can be very profitable for landlords and letting agents, as many are prepared to pay higher rents for superior quality accommodation.

David Feeney, Head of Student Analytics at Cushman & Wakefield said: “More students than ever are demanding a bed in purpose-built accommodation. This, coupled with pressure on local housing markets, means that demand for purpose-built accommodation should remain strong. However, micro-market knowledge is essential to investment success.”

Mike Mitchell, Partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Student and Residential Investment team, commented: “Across the UK, the PBSA market continues to be one of the most attractive asset classes in real estate for investors. Despite applications to Universities falling by 3.7%, the sector has witnessed year-on-year rental growth. Due to the value of foreign currencies against the Pound, there has been an influx of capital from overseas buyers in 2017 who are now competing with UK purchasers.”

The UK overtook the US as the largest student property market for the first time in 2015 after reaching a record £6.56bn in investment volumes.

Article by Ian Choong

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Properties does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is World-Class Innovation District

Liverpool’s Knowlegdge Quarter: here’s a partial location map to provide perspective to the project. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2y9YbGi

Liverpool is on the cusp of becoming a world-class destination for science, innovation, education, technology and the creative and performing arts. The city’s £2bn vision to establish Liverpool’s 450-acre Knowledge Quarter as one of the world’s leading innovation districts, will further reinforce its status as one of the best student cities in the world.

The Knowledge Quarter is one of five mayoral development zones in Liverpool. It spans a huge area mostly to the east of the city centre behind Lime Street Station, encompassing the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Sensor City, and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

The Knowledge Quarter in Liverpool is around 450 acres and Paddington and KQ Gateway are each around 30 acres. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2ylVlPm

Within the Knowledge Quarter are two major development sites: the £1bn Paddington Village and Knowledge Quarter Gateway. Another key development is the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) railway station, connected to the city’s underground network.

Paddington Village

The Paddington Village project occupies a massive a 1.8m sq ft behind the Royal Liverpool Hospital, and is earmarked for health, education, science and residential development. Construction giant Morgan Sindall has already won the contract to design and build the £35m new Northern base for the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

The RCP is one of the world’s most renowned medical institutions and the Liverpool project, its first centre of excellence outside London, will create 100 jobs. Completion is targeted at 2019.

Also committed to the site are Liverpool International College and The Rutherford Cancer Centre. The RCP and Liverpool International College are the anchor tenants of the site.

Work has already begun at the new Royal Liverpool Hospital, which is perhaps the biggest project in the Knowledge Quarter. Here is Aidan Kehoe, chief executive, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, on the site of the new Royal. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2xe8Bp1

KQ Gateway

KQ Gateway sits at the other end of the Knowledge Quarter, between Mount Pleasant, the old Lewis’s store, Copperas Hill and Lime Street Station. The area, with the support of the mayor of Liverpool and collaboration with other parties, will be transformed into a vibrant space – new shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, gyms and university space.

Only 2 hours from London by train, KQ Gateway will offer a new commercial space for tech and digital businesses, alongside futuristic educational space. Regeneration of KQ Gateway is already underway — the Ion scheme on Lime Street and the Liverpool John Moores University’s demolition of the former sorting office on Copperas Hill, to name a few.

Work Underway

The new Sensor City in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is cladded with stunning gold circuit boards, marking a £15m high-tech hub that could create 1,000 jobs and help make Liverpool a global technology leader. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2yawoWk

The biggest project so far in the Knowledge Quarter is the massive new Royal Liverpool Hospital.

But several other projects are already well under way, including the £15m Sensor City scheme and the Materials Innovation Factory where Unilever and the University of Liverpool are working together to create innovative products and materials.

Existing schemes in the Knowledge Quarter include Liverpool Science Park, whose three buildings are already 90% full.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “With £1bn of investment already underway and a potential further £1bn at Paddington Village alone, these are really exciting times for Liverpool and the wider city region’s knowledge economy.

Mayor Anderson agrees: “KQ Gateway not only presents an opportunity for significant future investment and regeneration but will ultimately create more highly skilled jobs in Liverpool and strengthen the city’s position as a world-leading innovation district. By attracting investment and creating jobs, I believe that we can improve people’s lives.

“Ordinary cities lead to ordinary lives but Liverpool is no ordinary city – we are exceptional and exceptional cities foster exceptional lives”.

What’s clear at the end of the day is that the Knowledge Quarter scheme could bring THOUSANDS of new jobs to the city in addition to increasing demand for housing.

Knowledge Quarter chief executive Colin Sinclair said: “We’re not just banding big figures around. What we’re trying to say is this is a landmark, a historic moment in the future of Liverpool .

“And there’s a really bright future for Liverpool. When that kind of investment is being made you can really say to any investor from around the globe, America, India, China, that Liverpool is a city of opportunity.

“It’s a step change. We’re not dabbling around the edges here. We’re trying to create something that is lasting for the city.”

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CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly markets international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Properties does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Five New Investors for Liverpool City Region

The city of Liverpool recently received a wave of new investors.

These investors, comprising Danish energy firm DONG Energy, transport giants Alstom Transport and Stagecoach, Liverpool-based museum British Music Experience and training provider South West Regional Assessment Centre, are investing in the area as partners of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Under this partnership, all five organisations will now be able to contribute to growing the city region’s economy through the LEP alongside like-minded businesses and organisations

LEPs are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and the private sector set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to lead economic growth, job creation and maximise return of investment within the local area. The Liverpool City Region, centred in Liverpool, also covers the local authority districts of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, and has a population of between 1.5 million and 2.3 million.

LEP chair Asif Hamid MBE expressed his appreciation for the support extended by the five organisations to the city region and the LEP as partners.

“This is an exciting time to be doing business in the city region and this new and continued investment by these businesses will make a huge contribution to the economic growth and employment opportunities here. All the support we receive from our partners goes directly into making a difference to the city region’s growth for the benefit of the wider community,” he said.

DONG Energy UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “We have operated out of Liverpool City Region for over a decade and worked very closely with the Liverpool City Region LEP on a number of initiatives, including our event to mobilise the North West supply chain, the International Festival for Business and most recently the inauguration of Burbo Bank Extension, one of our two offshore wind farms in Liverpool Bay.

“Together these wind farms generate enough low carbon energy for over 310k homes, so we’re really excited to join others in this partnership to continue to drive forward the growth of the low carbon sector in the city region.”

The Liverpool LEP was established in 2010. Liverpool is a core city in the Northern Powerhouse, an initiative by the government to boost economic growth in the North of England by investing in skills, innovation, transport and culture, and devolving significant powers and budgets to directly elected mayors to ensure that decisions in the North are made by the North.

With the Liverpool City Region LEP Strategy, Liverpool is well and truly open for business. This strategy will see the possible creation of more than 100,000 new jobs, an increase of more than 50,000 people and growth of  more than 20,000 businesses. It will also see a boost in Liverpool’s economy of some 50 billion pounds!

Liverpool has been ranked among HSBC’s Top 10 Buy-to-Let Hotspots in 2015 by yield. The city has also been pivotal in driving an increase in the number of renters in urban areas from 80% ti 86% over the last 10 years, according to Knight Frank.

This article was originally sourced from http://bit.ly/2fhP7rO

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

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Liverpool’s Massive Facelift

Liverpool’s massive facelift involves investments to the tune of billions. These investments give Liverpool the boost that it needs to revitalise the city and galvanise the economy. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2vCyhsW

Though more than 800 years old, the city of Liverpool is vibrant and alive. With a population of almost half a million, Liverpool is home to The Beatles, Liverpool FC, an amazing cultural heritage, several world-class universities, and a massive student population of more than 70,000! Indeed, it has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s top student cities.

Liverpool is at the centre of the UK’s second largest regional economy with access to 6 million customers, an economy worth more than £121 billion and 252,000 businesses.

This beautiful and historic waterfront metropolis is one of the core cities within the UK’s Northern Powerhouse, a government-led initiative to boost economic growth in the North of England by investing in skills, innovation, transport and culture, and devolving significant powers and budgets to directly elected mayors to ensure that decisions in the North are made by the North. Almost sounds like the Game of Thrones, eh 🙂

Liverpool remains a key city in the UK due to the investments that have gone into the city. These investments, comprising several regeneration projects worth several billions, occurring at a steady pace over the years, are giving Liverpool a massive facelift (one of the recently completed regeneration projects is the amazing ONE Liverpool). It is the reason why Liverpool remains on the radar to this day, and why many continue to see Liverpool as a viable place to invest.

Here,  we list the current projects going on in Liverpool:

  1. Project Jennifer –  £150 million

A regeneration scheme in Liverpool’s Great Homer Street area, which will house a new Sainsbury supermarket, district centre, retail, new link roads and bring up to 1,000 jobs into the area. Click here for the latest update.

  1. Liverpool2 Superport – £400 million

Central to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to promote the facilities of the Liverpool City Region Superport, this new deep-water container port on the River Mersey was built so that Liverpool could welcome the world’s biggest ships. L2 is the country’s most central container port and geographically the first port of call to Europe from the Americas. It is one of the four key drivers of the city region’s economy. Before,  the port could only accommodate 4,500 TEU-capacity vessels, but today, L2 can accommodate ships up to 20,000 TEU. The port is currently undergoing the 2nd phase of expansion which is scheduled for completion in 2019. The HS Paris is the first large vessel to berth at L2, with a capacity of 6,552 TEU. L2 is expected to create approximately 5,000 jobs. Click here for a timelapse of L2’s construction.

  1. Liverpool Waters – £5.5 billion

The scheme aims to redevelop Liverpool’s historic docklands quarter into a world-class waterfront site, creating at least 17,000 new jobs, commercial and residential buildings and facilities for business, leisure and culture, parks and views overlooking the River Mersey. Approvals were granted in 2012 and work on this massive project could take from 25 to 50 years. The team at Liverpool Waters are expecting to see over £300m construction work starting on site by year end. The project site spans 2.3km and is a 2 million sqm development.

  1. Anfield Regeneration – £260 million

Regeneration plans were raised in 2013 and is now underway. The regeneration includes the redevelopment of Liverpool FC’s main stand, new and refurbished housing, improved shopping facilities, office buildings, F&B, a hotel and improvement of the road and surrounding areas. The regeneration is a collaboration between the council, Your Housing Group, the community and Liverpool FC. The regeneration of Anfield continues this year with the installation of new LED lighting in the area. The expansion of the main stand at the stadium has created over 1,000 new match day roles, including catering, retail, hospitality, safety, museum, tour and kitchen teams.

  1. Lime Street Regeneration – £39 million
The developer’s conceptualisation of regeneration at Lime Street. Image credit: liverpoolecho.co.uk

Approved in August 2016, this regeneration will involve the demolition of older derelict buildings, replaced by new leisure, commercial and retail buildings, which includes a hotel and student accommodation. Construction has already begun.

  1. Knowledge Quarter/Paddington Village – £1 billion

The Knowledge Quarter is aimed at promoting the dynamic and innovative industries operating within its area. It is home to some of the world’s most influential players in science, health, technology, culture and education. A key part of the quarter’s plans is Paddington Village, a £1 billion flagship expansion site that will house 1.8 million sqft of science, technology, education and health space. It will be a great place to live, work and socialise; in its centre is The Royal College of Physicians and Liverpool International College, which will host over 45,000 students.

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

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Top 5 Places to Invest in UK Now

Here are top 5 places to invest in the UK now according to http://bit.ly/2w3SlZL

News Update: Political turmoil, stamp duty issues and Brexit have an effect on the housing market in the UK this year. Yet, house prices are still on the rise, with the average price of a UK home now 10% above the Aug 2007 peak at £219,266. This is 42% higher than the low point of £154,663 in April 2009 according to Halifax. So, where is the top 5 places to invest in the UK now for great returns?

The key to finding the best places to invest is by observing the infrastructural changes and investments that go into a particular area. We have constantly stressed the importance of this factor to many investors as investments into an area indicate potential developments and expansion, as well as possible job creation. This will increase the number of people coming into an area, which will, in turn, increase the demand for housing. Simple economics dictate that with the increase in demand — especially if the demand overrides supply — comes an increase in price for the entity in demand.

A recent article published on a news site in the UK has identified the top  Here are the top 5 places to invest in the UK in 2017, according to Express.co.uk, a news website in the UK.

Pricing across Liverpool is expected to rise as the city undergoes several housing regeneration schemes including the Liverpool docks. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2vCeblN

Liverpool

Pricing across Liverpool is expected to rise as the city undergoes several housing regeneration schemes including the Liverpool docks. The L1 postcode is a great example – house prices have risen by a whopping 41.2%!

Meanwhile, the student population in Liverpool has given the city the second highest rental yields in the UK, just behind Manchester, due to the combination of low house prices and high rental values. Clearly, student investment is particularly profitable in this city.

Salford, Manchester is the home to MediaCityUK. The area is also a popular option for rental. Image credit: mediacitydaily.co.uk

Salford, Manchester

Over 60,000 people work in the creative and digital industries in Greater Manchester, and that number is forecast to grow by 27% by 2034. What’s important to note also, is the 70,000 students who come to the city each term, with Salford being the popular option to rent. Yields are higher than London and the arrival of the HS2 will add to this appeal.

Just in case you didn’t already know, many corporations have moved their headquarters to Manchester; ITV and BBC have now set up base in Salford. The recent £1 billion investment into Salford MediaCityUK only goes to affirm Manchester as the biggest tech and creative centre outside London.

Boxpark is constructed of stripped and refitted shipping containers, focusing on small independent retailers to create a unique shopping and dining experience. Boxpark Croydon transforms the quality of the retail and leisure offer in Croydon and is expected to draw customers and new businesses from across South London, Surrey and Sussex. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2uRtc0o

Croydon

This London borough has enjoyed a resurgence in its reputation in recent years. Croydon has fast become the “Silicon Valley of the South” with over 1,000 new start-ups coming to surface. The introduction of Boxpark and the upcoming Westfield shopping centre will further increase investment into this area.

Many first-time buyers are already flocking to the area and prices are believed to have risen by 20 per cent in 2016 according to Rightmove figures, the highest rise in the UK. Nonetheless, prices still sit about  £185,000 below the capital’s average, but demand is expected to increase, as is the price!

Basingstoke has a thriving employment sector attracting global companies like Sony and Barclays, and with 66% of its residents working in the town itself. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2x68pGZ

 

Basingstoke has a thriving employment sector attracting global companies like Sony and Barclays, and with 66% of its residents working in the town itself. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2x68pGZ

Basingstoke

Basingstoke has a thriving employment sector attracting global companies like Sony and Barclays, and with 66% of its residents working in the town itself. It also enjoys the highest concentration of digital businesses compared to overall businesses in all of the UK. That, and the upcoming regeneration and redevelopment projects in the area is sure to increase Basingstoke’s stock.

Change is coming to Wood Green thanks to revitalisation efforts and the upcoming Crossrail 2. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2uJTiqi

Wood Green

Situated just west of Tottenham, Wood Green’s house prices are considerably more modest than those in areas around it such as Muswell Hill and Crouch End. Prices in Wood Green is expected to rise, thanks to the targeted £3.5 billion investment to revitalise the town centre and the redevelopment of over 25 sites to facilitate more restaurants and cafes. Wood Green is also a hotspot zone for Crossrail 2 as connectivity is beefed up. Transportation transit points normally beef up the housing area closest to it.

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

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Most Liveable City 2017 Goes to Melbourne

The Australian city of Melbourne has been declared the world’s most liveable city again – for the 7th consecutive time. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2wSBIgX

Melbourne is the only country to win World’s Most Liveable City for 7 consecutive years.

The Australian city of Melbourne, Victoria has been declared the world’s most liveable city again – for the 7th consecutive time.

This is the first time in the survey’s 15-year history that a city has held top spot in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for seven consecutive years. Vancouver, which shared the top-ranked spot with Melbourne from 2002 to 2004, held the title for 6 years.

The Economist’s report scores each city out of 100 for stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. It also looks at factors such as crime, how good the food is and even how bearable the temperature is in each of the 140 cities surveyed. Housing affordability is not considered.

Melbourne’s overall rating is 97.5 out of 100. Little wonder that the population of the city has continued to swell dramatically by around 2000 people a week, a quarter of them from Sydney.

Melbourne is not the only Australian city listed in the Survey. Adelaide is at 5th place (with Calgary in Canada), Perth at 7th place, Sydney at 11th and Brisbane at 16th. Sydney used to be in the global top 10 and is now overtaken by two smaller Australian cities.

Melbourne wins most liveable city again in EIU’s Global Liveability Survey Rankings for 2017. Image credit: The Economist

CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Properties (Cornerstone International) does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260