The strength of Buy To Let Student Property in the Northern Powerhouse

Posted by Graham Turrell on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Appealing to students means appealing to buy to let investors. Investors will in turn enjoy greater rental returns, and being a part of a UK student property market that has demonstrated it can weather the toughest of times.

Consider Manchester

According the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings, Manchester is second only to Edinburgh and London as the UK’s most popular university destination. It ranked the city joint-23rd in the world with Barcelona, and most impressive of all, the University of Manchester 29th worldwide.

Manchester is home to a diverse range of famous attractions, including The Lowry theatre, the National Football Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery. The presence of the BBC, along with the UK’s fastest-growing startup scene at MediaCityUK, provides huge appeal to students looking to get ahead when they graduate. These are just some of the reasons why developers continue to invest in the city, and why the Manchester student buy to let market is one of the most competitive in the country.

… and Liverpool


There is an estimated 54,000 students in Liverpool, making it one of the UK’s most popular places to study. Aside from an outstanding choice of universities, students choose the city for its vibrant social scene, low cost of living and rich cultural heritage.

Student accommodation is in particularly high demand in the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool. The city’s academic district combines leading names from education, health, science and technology with some of the most famous attractions. It’s here that you’ll find the RIBA award-winning Everyman Theatre, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the historic Philharmonic pub and the city’s two cathedrals. As well as a host of great bars and restaurants.

Then there’s Bold Street, which may as well have been conceived with the city’s student population in mind. Lined with independent bars, restaurants and vintage stores, Bold Street offers a fitting contrast to the modern architecture and high-street brands of Liverpool ONE a few blocks down. In fact, wherever you go in Liverpool, culture and history are waiting to greet you. The Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool and the Beatles Story, all contribute to an environment in which students thrive, and the reason why demand for buy to let student accommodation in Liverpool is out-stripping supply.

A key part of HighGround's UK Student Property portfolio is Liverpool's One Islington Plaza in the Knowledge Quarter.

Find out more here:

One Islington Plaza Investment Handbook

Tags: UK Investment, Property Insight, Student Accomodation, Liverpool Property, One Islington Plaza

Why the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter is now THE Northern Powerhouse Property Hotspot...

Posted by Graham Turrell on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 @ 08:41 AM

Liverpool’s economy is the fastest growing out of all Northern Powerhouse City Regions. 

Graham-at-liver-building-liverpool.jpgThe Northern Powerhouse is a Central Government backed investment to boost economic growth in the North of England and balance the UK economy between the North and South of the country, in particular the core cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle.

The scheme takes on the job of improving transport links, investment in science and innovation and devolution of powers in City Deals. Over the course of the scheme, we will see £3.4bn invested into growth deals, £70m into education, £13bn on transport, and a further £445m invested into improving the quality of life for each of the core cities growing population.

Liverpool now leads the way, as the city benefiting most now in this second phase of the scheme while other cities such as Manchester have already seen the bulk of the effects from the investment.

The Knowledge Quarter - Why Student investment in Liverpool is top of the class

One Islington PLaza Investment GuideOver the next 5-7 years two billion pounds worth of investment are being pumped into redevelopment in The Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool.

The Knowledge Quarter Liverpool is the city’s academic hub and home to much of the UK’s leading R&D activity. The University of Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine are among those thriving in an environment of collaboration.

KQ Liverpool, as it has become known, covers 450 acres to the east of the city and plays a key role in attracting investment from a wide range of industry sectors. New developments are in the pipeline to ensure that KQ Liverpool’s network of innovation continues to expand.  

With around 54,000 students, KQ Liverpool is an integral cog in the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse project. Adjacent to the theatres restaurants and bars of the Georgian Quarter, KQ Liverpool is one of the most appealing destinations in the UK for students and young professionals.

This expanding demographic is creating a surge in demand for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), and we are delighted to announce our first Liverpool Student opportunity -  One Islington Plaza. 

Why choose One Islington Plaza?

Perfectly located in the Knowledge Quarter and within walking distance of the major universities and teaching hospital facilities, as well as the Liverpool transport hub and a wealth of shopping, restaurants bars and clubs, One Islington Plaza is set to become a definitive landmark on the student accommodation scene.

As an investor and owner at One Islington Plaza, all the boxes are ticked to ensure you enjoy the benefits of strong, sustainable hands-free rental income as well as ownership in an area of very significant growth in the Northern Powerhouse. 

Key features, all laser-focussed on attracting student demand:

  • Onsite concierge & front desk
  • Communal lounges with flat screens, video games, pool tables, ping pong, fuzzball
  • On-site Cinema, Media Room and Study areas
  • Onsite laundry / Bicycle storage / Fully-equipped Gymnasium
  • On-site “Crosby Coffee” shop 
  • TVs with free view in all rooms / Safe in all rooms
  • Hotel style access control systems & monitored CCTV system / High speed broadband internet
  • Communal kitchens with fully fitted appliances, including dishwashers for ensuite units
  • Fully fitted kitchens in all studio apartments

Pretty cool for students - and a true property hotspot for all discerning hands-free property investors.

Discover One Islington Plaza for yourself -  download the Investment Guide today..

One Islington Plaza Investment Handbook

Tags: Student Accomodation, Liverpool Property, One Islington Plaza

[news] Our property viewing trip to Liverpool - residential restorations for profit

Posted by Graham Turrell on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 10:49 AM

Continuing our property Road Trip to the North, we discovered a gem in Liverpool and had ourselves something of a "road to Damascus" experience. In a city where historical architecture is second only in the UK to London, our eyes were opened to the great opportunity for refurbishing beautiful city centre buildings for residential use. No finer example of this exists today than The Produce Exchange.

Graham-at-liver-building-liverpool.jpgProperty Investment in Liverpool city centre...

The northern UK city of Liverpool has historically had its ups and downs socially and financially, and now is very much on the UP.

Property investment here is a real focus now, as substantial EU development grants and direct foreign investment have aided the renaissance of this great city.

The ball really started rolling when Liverpool was voted European Capital of Culture back in 2008, but was immediately stalled by the international credit crunch.

But over the last two years or so, the money is back.

One has only to tour the city centre to see the plethora of property new-build, serving both the student and the residential markets. The docks now boast chic and sophisticated dining and cultural experiences, including Tate Liverpool and the Museum of Liverpool by the waterfront close to the famous and iconic Liver Buildings (pictured).

Buying uniqueness - why The Produce Exchange?

But how rare it is to find a property investment opportunity like The Produce Exchange residential property development in the heart of the city and close to all the cultural and musical landmarks you could wish for. This historic former commercial building is being lovingly restored and converted to high-spec residential apartments. Beautiful architectural features are everywhere, allowing us to offer this unique opportunity to property investors with an eye for a great deal.

The Produce Exchange is set in one of Liverpool's most desirable places to live, work and invest. Is it passive investment through property? Certainly - the property will be operated for you by reputable asset managers (should you choose to appoint them), and for extra security the developer offers a guaranteed 7% net yield in the first year of operation. Mortgage finance is available subject to status. As a hassle-free and lucrative property investment, it takes a lot of beating.


Traditional Liverpool property is still we believe undervalued, but finding a bargain in property of this calibre is rare indeed. That's why we're excited to offer apartments at The Produce Exchange from as little as just £86,000 for a luxury studio and NET yields anticipated to exceed 7%. Ask me for the rental figures from our research and let's talk.

This is a small but beautiful development and will not remain on the market for long.

What to do next?

Discover more about this excellent property investment opportunity. Download our introductory brochure today. Just click the link below and we"ll take care of the rest. 

Download The Produce Exchange Investor Prospectus 

Tags: UK Investment, Property Investment, Liverpool Property, Residential Property