Construction Update, Halo

With the scaffolding down and the U.K. basking in the February sun producing record Winter temperatures, it’s the perfect opportunity to unveil the exterior of Halo, our new build development in Simpson St. in the heart of Manchester.

Corner of Halo, Simpson St
View from the corner of School St and Simpson St
Halo Simpson St
View looking down Simpson St
Halo Higher floors
Private terraces and balconies
Halo Front Door
Front Entrance & Lobby from Simpson St
Halo Main door
Resident access by secure key pad
Halo car park entrance
Vehicular access via School St to underground secure parking
Halo Stairwell
Light airy stair wells
Halo Balconies
Balconies on the corner units
Door open to terrace
Patio doors opening on to private terrace
Halo terraces
Outside terraces on the top floor

Halo,Simpson St,Manchester M4 4GB

Halo represents a market-leading product for vibrant Manchester city living located a stone’s throw away from “Noma” and the main commercial core of the city centre. It comprises 66 one, two and three stylish apartments benefiting from secure underground parking.

All units are sold but check out current developments and find out how you can also profit from the Manchester booming property market.

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Growing population in Manchester creates need for more homes

Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have all seen significant housing supply shortfalls in the face of an increase in demand from people wishing to live in the core city centres. And as result of political headwinds, the growth story may be somewhat stifled.

However, looking forward, the prospects for the major urban markets within Northern England are positive. As a recent report from JLL shows, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool to all see price and rental growth over the next five years to be above the UK average.

In recent years Manchester City Centre has established itself as the most significant residential market in the UK with more than £1.6bn invested over the past 24 months in new purpose built private rental developments in the city centre, mainly on a forward funding basis.

A total of c. 5,600 purpose built private rental units are now under construction making Manchester by far the largest multifamily rental market outside London. While the sheer weight of residential development is impressive the growing importance of the city centre in meeting Greater Manchester’s overall housing need cannot be understated. The new Greater Manchester Spatial Framework – the region’s first ever blueprint for long term development – stipulates that brownfield sites in the city centre should provide for 50,000 new apartments over the next 20 years, a quarter of all projected housing need across the metropolitan county. Given that around 25% of the current 30,000-unit city centre pipeline is yet to get planning permission, supply is on course to meet demand for the first decade of the 20 year GMSF plan.

In the more immediate term Manchester has seen some significant economic wins which have boosted demand for city centre housing. In 2018, a total of 500,000 sq ft of office space was let in three standout deals to Amazon, Booking.com and HMRC.

JLL estimates that currently up to 3,000 units are needed per year for a growing city centre population expected to rise from 55,000 currently to 100,000 by 2026. And given that delivery in the last five years has averaged less than 1,000 new units per annum, a ramp up in supply is long overdue.

House price and rental growth in 2018 was more in line with the rest of the country following considerable growth in recent years. The price of a two bedroom city centre apartment increased by 2% and with supply becoming more closely aligned to demand, JLL expects price growth of 3% pa over the next five years compared with a national average of 2.2% pa. Rental growth in Manchester is forecast to average 3.1% pa compared with 2.4% pa across the UK.

Source: JLL Residential Forecast Northern England 2019

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“The Waterhouse”, an example of one of our new-build waterside Manchester developments

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10,000 new jobs to be created at Manchester’s Enterprise City

Already one of the most sought after areas to live and rent in Manchester, Castlefield is to see further demand with the announcement of Enterprise City.

Enterprise City comprises of 1 million sq.ft of office space across 10 buildings and 10,000 new jobs to be created in the South of the city centre. A state of the art office space is designed to attract further global brands and will make up a new tech, digital and media hub.

With household names such as e-commerce giant Booking.com moving their new global headquarters here and WPP the World’s 2nd largest advertising group moving to Castlefield, this already coveted district of Manchester will see a further influx of professionals.

As one of Manchester’s leading developer’s, we strategically place our residential developments in prime city centre locations and also areas earmarked for future growth and gentrification. With the announcement of Enterprise City, our River Plaza residential development now ticks both of these boxes.

Enterprise city Manchester
JLL have forecast residential property to grow by 28.2% by 2022. This would be the case for any area within the city. For a continuation of this growth or a ‘second wave’, it is important to look at gentrification and regeneration areas. Where is the demand going to be sustainable? Which part of the city is going to keep evolving?

From River Plaza, a short walk along the river brings you to Regent Road and extra few minutes brings you to Enterprise City and the heart of Castlefield.

Whether your property purchase is to live in or for a buy-to-let, it is always an investment. Investment is about timing and location – which is key to this development. This will always sit in a prime, Manchester City centre location and is couples with sustainable, long term growth.
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Construction Update, Halo Manchester

Construction continues at Halo, our off-plan apartments in Simpson Street, revitalising and opening the northern area of Manchester city centre. All works are progressing within programme and despite the inclement weather the whole team are confident that the development will be completed on schedule.

The metal framework for all floors is now complete.
Halo Simpson St steel floor joists

Halo steel wall frames

The sixth floor is now built and the building is now watertight.
Halo Roof

Halo Simpson St, Manchester

Internal plasterboard walls are now in excess of 50% complete.
workman internal walls

Halo 5th Floor

Windows and external brickwork are currently at 65%.
Brickwork & windows

First fix Mechanical and Electrical works are being carried out on four floors.Halo Simpson St Electrics

If you are an investor looking to add to your buy-to-let portfolio from a developer who delivers, then check out what other Manchester investment opportunities are on offer from the Forshaw Group. See current property investment opportunities.


Halo Construction Underway

Construction is now well underway at Halo, Forshaw’s new development of 66 apartments on Simpson St in Manchester’s NOMA neighbourhood.

Bardsley Construction Ltd, the main contractor for the scheme undertook site clearance works in March and the perimeter piled wall that will form the basement car park is currently being constructed. Following this the basement area will be excavated in readiness for the steel frame to be erected later in the summer. Construction continues on programme for the target completion of late summer 2018.


Bardsley to Construct Halo Apartments

Forshaw are delighted to confirm that Bardsley Construction have been appointed as contractor on our Halo Apartments development in Manchester City centre. Following a two-stage tender process, two contractors were selected to progress to the second stage from the initial bids received. Having worked closely with them throughout the tender process and technical design stage we were impressed by both Contractor’s approach to collaborative working and input into the scheme. Ultimately however we selected Bardsley on the basis of their competitive pricing, programme planning and overall proposals and look forward to them delivering a successful project on our behalf.

Bardsley are a long-established Company, with over 50 years of experience in construction with offices in Manchester, Leeds and Keele. An award-winning contractor they have received over 40 accolades in the past decade alone. More information can be found on their website here.

The last few remaining units at Halo are available for purchase with prices starting at £210,000 for a 2 bedroom apartment. Contact us for further details.

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