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February 9 / Property

The Six Nations of Property

The 2016 Six Nations Rugby Tournament has begun! So in the spirit of sporting pride, we thought we’d take a look at another way that these six fine nations are currently competing with each other: through property development.

Though these six countries are certainly among the most stable European markets, there’s a significant difference in property prices between them. According to figures from the Global Property Guide, England, Scotland and Wales have the highest overall property buying price with a collective average cost of €25,575 per square metre. Next up is France with a per square metre cost of €13,639, followed by Italy with a comparatively low price of €5,930. At the bottom of this particular league is Ireland with the lowest property price per square metre at €4,156.

Despite these differences in property prices, one thing all six nations have in common is that they’re all investing in major developments in order to boost their economy and improve their cities.

To give you a taste of each property market, we’ve chosen one big upcoming development from each nation.


England – the Birmingham Big City Plan



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The Birmingham Big City Plan is a twenty year development project designed to transform Birmingham city centre into a centre for sustainable growth, improved connectivity, authentic character, environmental quality and a diverse residential community.

This plan is particularly ambitious as it aims to increase city centre space by 25%. There are a series of distinct character areas planned and the council is adopting a flexible approach to the evolution of land uses.

Any development on this scale would be expected to take time. Birmingham City Council are managing the process and expect the project to be completed by 2031.


Ireland – Capital Dock Development, Dublin



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Capital Dock is an innovative new high rise development located in Dublin’s docklands. The project is being managed jointly by global property company Kennedy Wilson and NAMA.

The site area is 4.8 acres in size and is currently one of the largest undeveloped sites in the CBD. The project will introduce 600,000 square feet of usable space to a prime waterfront location. It will include 313,000 square feet of office space, 204 high-quality residential homes and a  landscaped park and square.

Work is expected to be finished on the site in 2017.


France – Reinventing Paris



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Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, has set a fantastic challenge for property developers. The city has offered up 23 urban sites for architects and developers to pitch for. They’re looking for a range of ideas: the most innovative and futuristic the better. Though Paris is already a world class city with an impressive reputation, city officials know they need to keep moving forward in order to stay on top.

After the first stage of applications, 650 ideas have been approved. These include work from professionals in more than fifteen countries. The huge range of approved developments include leisure facilities, residential units, office space, hotels and commercial units.

The proposed developments are now under panel discussion and the next round of decisions are expected to be announced in the spring.


Italy – ‘Sleeping Beauties’ Revival



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While many countries are looking to improve urban areas, property developers in Italy are approaching the idea of modernisation from a rather different angle. Property teams across the country are undertaking the redevelopment of 20,000 abandoned towns. The aim of this project is to boost tourism, increase employment in the hospitality industry and subsequently improve Italy’s struggling economy.

This significant development project began in the ghost town of Castello di Postigano which had been empty for more than half a century. The restoration project was managed by Naples architecture firm Mirto Srl.

Many more similar projects are now underway.


Scotland – the Glasgow Harbour Project



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The Glasgow Harbour Project is a large scale development project set to transform the city’s waterfront area. Within the development there are 77 projects encompassing commercial units, housing, public amenity, infrastructure, leisure, retail and office space. The development project even included a new hospital for the city which opened in April 2015.

The 1.2 billion regeneration is a world-class project designed to revitalise the area and contribute to business and cultural life.

Many of the projects are already complete, and the entire development is expected to be completed within the next few years.


Wales – Cardiff Central Square



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Wales is seeking to make Cardiff’s central square it’s flagship development project. Plans for the new square are set to bring it in line with some of Europe’s most successful cities. The team behind the project are aiming for excellence in design, quality and diversity.

Plans include office buildings, a new headquarters for BBC Cymru, retail units, a transport interchange, student accommodation and residential units. Professional teams involved in the project include Rightacres Property, Rio Architects and Foster + Partners. Phase five of the project is expected to be completed in 2017.


Impressed at the scale of the development projects going on across the six nations? We certainly are. Though we’re certainly tempted to choose the Birmingham development as our winner, that doesn’t seem particularly sporting! Instead, we’re going to award our property development trophy to Italy for their ‘Sleeping Beauties’ revival. The scale, imagination and purpose of this project is seriously impressive, and the quality of the work that’s already taken place has given us confidence that the entire project will be a big success.

Who would you place at the top of the property development league? Let’s discuss it on Twitter. Just don’t ask us for any rugby predications!

February 3 / Marketing, Property

Everything You Need To Know About MIPIM

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We recently shared our top recommendations for eight can’t-miss international real estate shows over the coming year. One of those recommendations was MIPIM: a four day property event that attracts the world’s most influential property professionals.

If you didn’t get a chance to read the article… or if you still need convincing about just how important this event is, we’ve gathered all the facts you need. After all, with 21,400 attendees, 351 stands, representatives from 89 countries, 2,445 exhibitors and 4,800 investors… we really wouldn’t want to see you miss out.

Here’s everything you need to know about MIPIM.

When and where is it?

MIPIM 2016 will be held from the 15th-18th March. The event will be hosted at the Palais des Festivals exhibition centre in Cannes, France.

What are the attendance fees?

The organisers are offering Early Bird registration until the 25th February. The Early Bird rate is 1,630€ per person, which includes access to the whole four day event including the exhibition, conferences and intensive business networking.

Why is it so important?

MIPIM is important because it’s the only international real estate show on this scale. It’s attended by real estate professionals from a huge range of international sectors, including residential, office, retail, industrial, logistics, sport and healthcare. There will be excellent access to a range of project opportunities as well as sources of capital. In fact, 24% of attendees say their reason for attending the event is to invest. MIPIM could be a crucial step towards securing the funding to move ahead with your next project.

It’s also well worth noting that opportunities begin long before the show opens. Registration gives you access to the MIPIM mobile app and an extensive online database, filled with investors, developers, service providers, councils and local authorities.

What are the highlights?

The MIPIM conference programme is made up of over eighty varied events. Highlights include the MIPIM awards ceremony, innovation workshops, discussion forums, the MIPIM startup competition, and more than forty panels of experts speaking on a diverse range of issues from student housing to social media.

Can you really expect to see stand out property players?

In a word: yes. This is a significant event in the international real estate calendar and many of the most high profile developers, investors and innovators will be in attendance. If you want to swot up on who’s going to be there before the event begins, registered users can use the online database to see exactly which companies and individuals are planning to attend.

What do you need to know about the local area?

Cannes is a popular holiday resort on the French Riviera. It’s best known for its luxury hotels and for hosting high profile conferences and festivals. The Palais des Festivals centre is noteworthy for being the venue for the annual Cannes Film Festival.

Nearby hotels include the Martinez Grand Hyatt, the Marriott, the Barrière InterContinental and the Radisson. The Palais des Festivals website offers a helpful hotel search tool which allows you to check availability.

While you’re there you may want to take some time to explore the local area. Recommended spots include the Palme d’Or at the Martinez Grand Hyatt Hotel which is arguably the town’s most luxurious dining experience, Suquet Hill in the old quarter and the Rue d’Antibes grand shopping experience.

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Whatever your role in the real estate industry, MIPIM is an event to take seriously. If you’ll be attending this year, you’ll want to ensure you make good use of your time there. Not sure how to make an impact? Your brand identity is a great place to start. Why not take a look at our portfolio for inspiration?

January 4 / Marketing, Property

8 Prestigious Property Awards to Look Out For In 2016

This year has been an exciting one for the international property market. We’ve seen astronomical growth in London house prices, a continuing solid recovery in the American market and an average price increase of more than 20% in Hong Kong, Iceland and Qatar.

Predictions are being made for where the market is going to go in 2016 and developers, agents and investors are already hard at work. If you’ve been grafting tirelessly to play your part in the international property market, you may be on the lookout for the recognition you deserve.

There are hundreds of property awards up for grabs in the UK, Europe and further afield. Winning one can be a big boost for property professionals. Not only will you enjoy the personal pride and glory of being recognised, awards can also offer excellent publicity and networking opportunities.

Which awards should you be keeping your eyes on for 2016?

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June 26 / Marketing, Property

How to choose a property marketing agency

Choosing the right agency to help drive your property or construction company forward is a huge decision and not one that should be taken lightly.

Choose the right property marketing agency and it can add real value to your quest for growth; make the wrong choice and you will lose both time and money.

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April 2 / Design, Marketing, Property

Does the marketing match the property?

Most of us would agree that if the property for sale is first class, the marketing should be also.  In practice, more often than not, this is not the case.

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