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Buy-to-let property investment in Manchester

Manchester is rich in heritage, with an established economy and a multi-modal transport network, including the UK’s largest regional airport. The city is known worldwide for its two football clubs: Manchester United and Manchester City. With an extensive cultural offering and lifestyle scene, the City hosts the bi-annual International Arts Festival (MIF), as well as the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences at Manchester Central. Manchester boasts the largest student population in Europe, with over 100,000 students, including 8,000 international students.

“The appeal of living in Manchester’s city centre continues to increase strongly as the local economy and population grows. This has led to an exciting pipeline of residential development both for sale and rent.” JLL 2020 Northern England Forecast

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Manchester is identified by UK and overseas investors as a source of opportunity, with a range of major strategic projects and developments. Key international investments include:

  • Media City UK, home to the BBC
  • Airport City, one of the largest regeneration schemes in the UK with Beijing Construction Engineering Group
  • The 20-acre, £800m NOMA mixed use redevelopment scheme
  • The £750m First Street development, offering a compelling blend of culture, retail and leisure

Manchester Rail/HS2

London’s Airports and a host of other locations are easily accessed by Manchester’s excellent rail links. Being a key stop for HS2 and HS3 ensures that by 2026 Manchester will be just a one-hour commute from London. Meanwhile, Manchester’s extensive tram network opens up the surrounding areas and beyond to commuters, with a range of Northern Hub rail investment proposed for the near future.

HS2 is a planned high-speed railway linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds Sheffield and Manchester and providing an engine for growth. The government’s clear commitment to the project, alongside other transport investment, will transform journey times to key areas.

Manchester Investments

Manchester’s property market is enjoying steady growth, thanks to the swift increase of the city’s population and a backlog from several years of a lack of housing supply.

JLL projects rental growth of 16.5% across Manchester over the coming five years, while the city is home to one of the highest proportions of private renters in the UK (at 26.85%).

Manchester offers solid credentials as one of the most promising buy-to-let locations in the UK.

Investment Opportunities in Manchester

Manchester Waters

The Manchester Waters scheme will regenerate a former 26 acre dockland site located between the residential neighbourhood of Castlefield and Salford Quays. The scheme forms a key part of the Northern Powerhouse and has a formal masterplan approved and adopted by both Trafford and Manchester City Councils’ with the capability to develop over 2,500 new residential homes.

Michigan Towers

Michigan Towers is an exciting new flagship development, which is set to change the Manchester skyline. Our new development features four iconic towers, each with unique façades with a stunning architectural design.

Each tower is set within a modern landscaped public realm, which features cafe spaces, restaurants, retail and office space alongside the residential offer. With heights ranging between 14 and 35 floors, the towers provide both sweeping views of MediaCityUK, Salford Quays and central Manchester.

Royal Canal Works

Property prices in the North West rose faster than in any other UK region during the first half of 2020, growing by 3.9%. Within the North West’s largest city, Manchester, Royal Canal Works is perfectly positioned to allow investors to capitalise on this growth, as well as to tap into Manchester’s booming rental market.

Royal Canal Works is a collection of 47 beautifully appointed apartments in the heart of South Manchester. With private terraces and spacious interiors, the waterfront homes offer a superior standard of living for Manchester’s busy professionals.

Oxygen Towers

A modern vertical village offering a diverse range of accommodation and amenities to support a thriving new urban community, Oxygen is a 31-storey neighbourhood located in Manchester’s emerging Piccadilly Basin district.

Oxygen is home to 12 luxury family townhouses at ground level, 345 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments above and basement car parking below. The development sets a new benchmark in 5-star city living. Every apartment and townhouse is finished to exceptionally high standards. Full height windows flood the space with natural daylight and balconies offer panoramic views over the city and the Peak District National Park beyond.

Regent Plaza

A landmark new residential development consisting of larger than average, below market value city apartments in close proximity to Manchester city centre. The prestigious development comprises five unique blocks surrounding a centralised landscaped garden with seating and social areas.

Located in the emerging creative quarter, Regent Plaza offers 525 homes, comprising one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhouses, along with 153 private car parking spaces.


Premium waterfront apartments situated on the banks of Manchester’s River Irwell. Uptown delivers the convenience of city living from a stylish riverside location. A perfect blend of intelligent design, premium materials and stunning original features.

Uptown’s suave, geometric architectural design marries together contemporary and industrial styles. The development comprises three buildings that rise to different heights creating a high impact, staggered impression on the landscape. Ascending communal and private rooftop terraces mirror the form of a green riverbank gradually sloping away from the River Irwell.


Crossbank is an exciting new development located in a flourishing suburban community on the doorstep of Manchester city centre. Crossbank is situated adjacent to the east bank of the River Irwell with private terraces, secure parking and high-end fixtures and fittings.

Crossbank is a highly sought after, contemporary, premium-specification development. It has been designed with young professionals in mind, offering ideal homes for first time buyers, as well as outstanding buy-to-let opportunities.