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Channel 4 invests in Leeds: should investors do the same?

Another confidence booster for property investors in the Northern Powerhouse

Channel 4 has chosen Leeds as the location for its national headquarters, beating strong competition from as many as 30 other UK cities. The move promises to bring more than 300 new jobs to Leeds and support up to 3,000 production jobs in the region.

There are already calls in Parliament for further investment in infrastructure in Leeds to support the move, which Channel 4 believes will “capitalize on a strong and fast-growing independent production sector across the North of England”.

But what does Leeds offer its employees who will be relocating here? And what does it mean to property investors?

Leeds is affordable and exciting

According to Channel 4’s CEO Alex Mahon, when she announced the move to Leeds there was a real buzz in the room. More than 200 of its staff will move to the city next year, and a further 100 roles will be created by 2023, and many of these will be excited by living in Leeds.

Relocating employees will get a lot more property for their money in Leeds. Compare the average house price of around £183,000 in Leeds to around £485,000 in London (Land Registry) and you understand just how much more. More staff will be able to afford their own home at last, and those who already own could unlock a lifestyle they can only dream of right now.

Where will Channel 4 employees decide to live?

Of course, many of the relocating employees will currently be commuters, with round trips of two hours or more each day to work in London. Younger members of staff are likely to take advantage of city centre living in Leeds. Apartments start at around £100,000, and for those who want to try before they buy, rent is far cheaper than in the centre of London.

However, they may have a battle to find the best properties – Leeds is a city in which demand for homes outstrips supply.

Leeds is a lifestyle city

Leeds is a lifestyle city. The fantastic rural landscapes of Yorkshire are a stone’s throw away. The city centre is a nightlife lover’s dream. By road and rail, other cities and locations around the UK are easily accessible. It’s a fantastic place to live, work and play – factors that would not have been lost on Channel 4 executives when making their decision.

(Download your free Leeds Property Investment Guide to learn more about what makes Leeds a great place to invest in property.)

Where might investors buy in Leeds?

Whether investing for capital gain, rental income, or both, Leeds offers great potential for property investors:

  • JLL forecasts that property prices in Leeds will grow by an average of more than 20% over the next five years
  • Rental yields currently average more than 5%
  • Add the two together, and the forecast average return could be around 9% to 10% per year over the next five years

To take advantage of this potential, there are many opportunities in and around Leeds. For example, young professionals seeking a vibrant and lively location may choose to live in a location such as Chapel Allerton. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and shops. This used to be one of the most popular areas for student accommodation, but the regeneration that has (and is) taking place here has prompted a different demographic to locate here.

At Kirkstall, house prices are among the most affordable in Leeds. It is here that you will find some of the best regeneration projects in Leeds, with new, mixed-use riverside communities providing a range of contemporary housing. Better still, the local railway station provides a 10-minute commute into the city centre.

Families may prefer areas such as Headingly or Roundhay, or perhaps some of the nearby towns such as Harrogate. Commuting into Leeds is easy from these areas, and children benefit from some of the country’s highest-ranked schools.

The Channel 4 effect in Leeds

While 300 new jobs directly created by Channel 4’s HQ decision isn’t going to put an immediate rocket under the Leeds property market, it does underline the growing confidence that businesses have in Leeds – at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse. It should give property investors a boost, too. With expectations of strong price growth and better-than-average rental yields, Leeds is a city that should be seriously considered for your next property investment.

To find out more and receive an in-depth appraisal of the best property investment opportunities in Leeds, get in touch with Gladfish today.

Live with passion

Brett Alegre-Wood

Kidbrooke Property Investment Guide

Out with the old. In with the brilliant

Over the past six years Kidbrooke has undergone a terrific transformation into a place that people are truly proud to call home. The desirability of Kidbrooke is skyrocketing thanks to an ambitious £1bn regeneration scheme that has seen the demolition of the old Ferrier Estate to make way for a vibrant and attractive village with a pleasant sense of community and environment.

Kidbrooke lies in London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich, a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, where people from all over the world come to enjoy historic locations such as the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum.

Kidbrooke’s proximity to central London and its swift transport links make it a very desirable location for city workers and young professionals working in areas such as Bank and Canary Wharf. The massive regeneration of the area as well as big demand for property creates the perfect equation for price growth, and investors who put their money into Kidbrooke are very likely to see healthy returns as the area continues to improve over the next 15-20 years and beyond.That means Kidbrooke property investment is right for you if you're looking for a London regeneration area.

Kidbrooke is very well located for city workers and young professionals employed in most of London’s major employment hubs such as Canary Wharf, Bank and London Bridge.

The increase in Kidbrooke’s desirability thanks to the major regeneration plans is having a direct effect on the socio-economic demographic of the area’s residents. This phenomenon is known as ‘urban gentrification’ and is a major factor on appreciation in property values. The Kidbrooke master plan itself has created over 2,500 construction jobs including 56 apprenticeships.

An ambitious and award-winning regeneration strategy is in place in Kidbrooke that will create a self-contained and sustainable suburb with great importance placed on quality of life and environment.

A master plan headed by Berkeley has demolished the infamous and unattractive Ferrier Estate, which once represented a deprived area of Kidbrooke, and is replacing it with a thriving community of 4,200 top quality homes, and 300,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space, as well as medical facilities and schools for residents, all woven within a network of pleasant green spaces and walking trails.

The £1bn plan, supported by a £43m investment from the UK government’s Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), has already had an incredible transformative effect on Kidbrooke since its commencement in 2009. After more than 5 years the regeneration is not slowing down at all and will continue for a further 15-20 years until Kidbrooke truly stands on its own as a premiere location in this vibrant and beautiful part of London.

Kidbrooke Station is located in London Zone 3 and the train station offers Oyster Card travel. Trains from Kidbrooke station offer fast travel into Central London, where connections can take you to the following areas. The below travel times are from Kidbrooke Station

Kidbrooke Station has easy access to central London, where you can find some of the world’s top universities such as King’s College, University College London and many more.

Between 2009 and 2012 The Royal Borough of Greenwich saw a 20 percent increase in the number of students achieving 5 good GCSEs including English and Maths. This is the biggest improvement of any London borough.

Schools in Kidbrookeinclude: Wingfield School, A co-ed primary school.

Corelli College, The first purpose-built comprehensive school in Great Britain.

Thomas Tallis School, A co-ed comprehensive secondary school.

Throughout the borough of Greenwich, countless shopping and leisure opportunities are present for residents and visitors to enjoy. Greenwich Market has been in operation since 1700 and offers an exciting array of handmade food and crafts. Bars, cafes and restaurants are numerous throughout Greenwich, as well as most popular high street shops and many boutique stores.

As well as plentiful outdoor space, Greenwich hosts many sports clubs and gyms, so active lifestyles are catered for.

The regeneration plans within Kidbrooke will bring a new Village Centre to the area including local shops, community and healthcare facilities and more landscaped outdoor space.

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