Manchester named one of the Best Cities in the World

Manchester has been named one of the best cities in the world for young people and students to live in according to the Millennial City Ranking, as reported by

It is only the second time the list has been created and looks highlight global cities where digitally intuitive and entrepreneurial millennials are best choosing to make their home.

Out of 110 cities, Manchester made the top 10 list that looks at four main concerns for young people – does the city have available work, can young people afford to live a good life, is the city open and tolerant, and importantly, how fun is the city !

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In the list, other factors such as internet speed, gender equality, start-up opportunities and progress in the work place were also taken into account to understand the best cities for young people in 2018.

Manchester scored particularly well when it comes to personal freedom and choice, tolerance, and, of course nightlife.

Manchester has also been named fourth most popular place for students to live in the world, behind London and the Australian cities Melbourne and Sydney, according to whose research looked at 426 cities across the world.

The research found that students are willing to travel across the globe for higher education and 19% of students studying in the UK are from abroad. At full-time postgraduate level, 53% of students are from outside the UK.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We know that Manchester is popular with young people and the popularity and high-quality teaching at the city’s universities mean more and more graduates are choosing to remain in the city, find a job and lay their roots here.
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“Manchester offers the benefits of some of the world’s most recognisable cities, with great employment opportunities and entertainment – but young people can enjoy these benefits far more affordably than some of the other cities celebrated in the list, like London or New York.

“The city council also offers a range of advice and support for people who are looking to start and build a business in Manchester, which has proven successful for business from seed organisations through to multi-national business.”

As young professionals and students lead the population growth making Manchester their home, there is increasing demand for quality apartments with good access to the city and offering all the on site amenities to cater for modern life styles.

Increasing demand is putting upward pressure on rents and house prices with JLL forecasting Manchester house price rises of 6.5% and rents to increase by 3.5% in 2018. The economic fundamentals look good for buy-to-let investors in the North West. View investment opportunities here or register below to receive our property updates and new development launches.

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Manchester on the International Stage

The development team have just returned this week from MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier), regarded as the world’s leading international property event.

Hosted in Cannes, in the South of France, with an intensive four day programme of networking events and conference sessions, this annual event attracted over 20,000 visitors bringing together architects, property developers, investors and other property service providers.

Standing alongside some of the most influential players from the property sector, the Forshaw team championed Greater Manchester through a comprehensive programme of events hosted at the “Manchester Pavilion”. Aimed at furthering the international profile of the region, the Manchester delegation has grown to become one of the largest city-region presences at the conference. A presentation of the proposed redevelopment of our home town of Bolton drew particular interest. Forshaw are proud to support our own local council with their ambition to meet the challenges of future local housing needs through a £1bn regeneration master plan.

Over the course of the week, the Forshaw team, with founder and Managing Director, Lyndon Forshaw at the helm, showcased their new off-plan residential developments in Manchester and Salford. These were well received by a local and international audience keen to learn more about the opportunities and the dynamic economy and growth of Greater Manchester.

Located on the banks of the River Irwell, “The Warehouse “ at The Dye Works is a new build, off-plan residential development scheduled to complete Q4 2019. The high-specification nine storey building complimented with private balconies and roof terrace comprises 86 stunning waterside apartments affording impressive city and water views. A second development in Salford, “Bankside” was also unveiled. Comprising 180 apartments across 22 storeys also overlooking the river, the development is set to come to market later this month.

mipim property exhibition

However, it was a glimpse of our flag ship development, “Vista” that really stole the show. Located in the heart of Salford Quays, this architecturally eye-catching building will be launching later this year and will host 214 stunning waterside apartments and penthouses spread across 32 floors to add an exciting new dimension to modern Manchester living.

Lyndon Forshaw  with Jason Sanderson at Mipim

With many new business contacts made and existing relationships cemented, next year’s show date is already in the diary !

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Construction Update, Halo Apartments Manchester

Come hail or shine, construction work continues on our new build off plan Manchester city development. Notwithstanding the 30 hours of rain, 22 hours of high wind and 14 hours of frost this month, the metal frame and flooring to the 3rd floor is now complete and 35% complete to the 4th!

Halo Northern quarter

Meanwhile window installation is 30% complete, facing brickwork is well underway and basement lighting and ventilation is 20% finished.
A great effort from all the onsite team while most office workers took a “snow day” or two off work !

Halo is Forshaw Group’s contemporary new-build, 6 storey residential development located in “The Northern Quarter”, Manchester’s trendy neighbourhood. The Northern Quarter has a reputation for attracting vibrant street art, bohemian bars and independent record shops. It’s also home to buzzy restaurants and some of Manchester’s liveliest music venues. The 66, one to three bedroom new build apartments are in close proximity to Manchester Victoria station and the main commercial hub of the city. A great location to enjoy Manchester city life to the full. Find out more.