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By Brett Alegre-Wood | [fa icon="calendar"] May 26, 2017 3:04:12 PM

St George's Gardens Manchester Property Launch

Skyline of Manchester

St George's Gardens, Manchester

St George’s Gardens is an 11-storey development with unrivalled views over the attractive façade of the landmark church from which it derives its name. This attractive development includes 40 two-bedroom and 20 one-bedroom apartments crowned with a roof garden and with each apartment having access to its own terrace. 

Manchester: A World Class City

History, Innovation and connectivity. Manchester is going places. Its renaissance is hallmarked by a rising international profile and population – quite simply it’s the fastest growing city in the UK. Internationally renowned as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the computer, The University of Manchester is today pioneering the development of graphene – a ‘miracle material’ that is set to revolutionise the 21st Century.

The city’s dynamic knowledge-based industries benefit from the innovation and research resources of four Universities, while Manchester also boasts the largest financial, professional and legal services sector outside of London. Media City and the presence of the BBC and ITV reinforce Manchester as a creative hub, while it is also celebrated in the football world as home to United and City – names that resonate globally. And Manchester has the connections to justify its standing with an airport serving 200 destinations worldwide.

Manchester University

The Manchester Property Market

Manchester’s property market is driven by the city’s ever increasing population. In the ten years to 2013, the city’s population grew by 17.8%, more than double the UK average. Looking ahead, it is forecast to grow by yet another 125,000 in the ten years to 2025, driven by a buoyant economy, increased urbanisation and the success of the city’s universities.

Compared to London, the Manchester property market is undervalued and has significant potential for uplift. House prices in Manchester stand at 4.6 times the household income. This indicates a lower downside risk compared to investing in London property where average house prices equal 7.3 times household income. 

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A comparison of the property price index between Manchester and London in June 2014 suggested that Manchester property had a 40% upside potential.

The continuing undersupply of new properties combined with the burgeoning demand is driving a housing shortage.

Property prices in Greater Manchester remain 13.6% below their pre-recession peak and conservative forecasts put price growth to 2019 at 20%.

Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester

The Northern Powerhouse's Beating Heart

The British government’s grand vision to establish a Northern Powerhouse as an economic counterpoint to London will have Manchester at its core. The proposed scheme will see £7 billion invested in science, transport and infrastructure over the next five years to nurture economic connectivity between Britain’s great northern cities and support the rebalancing of the national economy.

Greater Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse and one of the most successful economies in Europe over the last few years. With devolution gathering pace and the number of jobs growing, this is an exciting time.

The area accounts for a quarter of the Northern Powerhouse’s residents and 27% of all jobs and is well placed to reap the benefits of this bold initiative. The Greater Manchester Authority broke new ground by being the first area to secure a landmark deal devolving far-reaching powers over housing, transport, planning and policing.

Global investment firm BNY Mellon predicts that at least 5,000 jobs a year will be created in Manchester as it attracts significant investment over the next decade and cements its position at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse. The ‘Manchester 2025’ report underlines the city’s credentials as the UK’s leading regional city with its potential to become a truly global destination.

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Shopping: The Arndale Centre, described as ‘high street heaven’, amply caters to shoppers.  The 1970s centre was modernised in the late 90s and houses over 200 shops and department stores in its 140,000 sq. m. facilities. It attracts around 41 million visitors a year.

The Trafford Centre opened in 1998 and has since expanded to 207,000 sq. m. Located five miles west of the city centre, it is home to 280 stores and attracts 35 million visitors yearly.

Leisure: Manchester offers plenty to see in the way of castles, museums, galleries, historical houses and gardens.

The Northern Quarters is a trendy area of the city full of quirky shops and galleries, bars and eateries, gifts and vintage clothing shops. It draws comparisons to London’s Shoreditch or New York’s Williamsburg thanks to its buzzing nightlife and a vibrant music scene. It particularly appeals to media and other creative professionals who have moved away from London in the search of more affordable living while not wanting to compromise on culture and nightlife.

Manchester is also home to over 30 sport and leisure centres.

Green space: Piccadilly Gardens is a big green open space in the heart of Manchester, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and features a pavillion and water features.  It’s located only a few minutes’ walk from the development.

The Peak District, located around 46 minutes by car, consists of 200 sq. miles of open green space and historic towns and villages. It includes sights like caverns and caves, historic houses and halls, industrial heritage attractions, museums and galleries, and a number of outdoor activities.

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Higher Education: There are around 50 higher education institutions in Manchester, including nine universities, many varied colleges andlaw, music and language schools. The University of Manchester is in the Top 10 universities in the UK, in the top 30 universities in the world, Top 5 R&D universities in Europe and has produced 25 Nobel Prize winners. The University of Manchester university is a top destination for students.Home to three of the UK’s largest universities and some of the country’s leading Grammar schools, Manchester is producing some of the foremost thinkers within the UK economy. With the University of Manchester investing in a new Business School, the attraction of Manchester for students will keep increasing. This synergy between leading education institutions and Manchester’s businesses is harvesting a talented pool of workers and young professionals set to continue the city’s economic vibrancy and ensuring it remains an attractive hub for workers, students and businesses alike.Manchester is home to 30 primary, eight secondary and 33 independent schools. Notable institutions include:

  • Withington Girls School (for girls aged seven to 18) – one of the best in the country
  • Manchester Grammar (for boys aged seven to 18) – one of the country's best schools
  • St. Bede’s College (for boys and girls aged three to 18 years)
How a large student population benefits your investment

As students rent many lower end properties there is huge demand for higher-quality residences from commuters and professionals. This makes Manchester the perfect place to purchase a new build buy-to-let investment that will attract a reliable professional tenant. 

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Manchester highlights

Manchester, the UK’s second city, is flourishing amid strong housing demand and is becoming increasingly global, according to a report by leading estate agents JLL. It states that the Manchester City Centre residential market has been very strong for a couple of years and residential demand is significantly outweighing available supply, creating pressures within both the sales and letting markets. Buyer activity has risen significantly during the last year with both owner-occupiers and buy-to-let investors alike.

The report 'Northern Renaissance', published in February 2016, says the prospects for the Manchester residential market remain very bright. Supported by an expanding economy, labour force and population, demand for housing is expected to increase further over the next five years.

  • Two major stations within 10 mins’ walk
  • Strong regional economy
  • Ninth strongest regional economy in Europe
  • Large student population
  • High end units by local developer

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St George’s Gardens offers an exceptional opportunity to purchase a desirable new apartment in a landmark setting at the heart of Manchester. With unrivalled views over the Grade II listed church from which it derives its name, this stunning new development of 40 two bedroom and 20 one bedroom apartments has been carefully designed to blend harmoniously with its historic neighbour. 

Built to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo by renowned architect Francis Goodwin, the fine Gothic revival façade will be framed and reflected in the glass of the new development, while the warm grey cladding and texture of the building provide a suitable and seamless architectural nod to the past.

Inside, the apartments are meticulously designed for today’s city living. Bright, open spaces and clean, contemporary lines are designed to meet the expectations of discerning home buyers and investors while fixtures and finishes reflect the prestige of the building. Each apartment will feature its own private terrace and a communal roof garden provides attractive outdoor space in a city setting and the opportunity to relax and unwind.

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There’s a choice of 60 stunning one and two bedroom apartments over 10 floors all generously equipped for modern living, including a private terrace. The 11th floor provides access to an attractive haven in the sky – a large roof garden affording the space to breathe. This relaxing skyline retreat features an orchard, allotments and a residents' terrace. There’s also the comfort of being part of the new, thriving residential community of Manchester Gardens.

Each apartment will feature its own private terrace. A communal roof garden on the 11th floor provides access to an attractive haven in the sky – a large roof garden affording the space to breathe. This relaxing skyline retreat features an orchard, allotments and a residents' terrace. There’s also the comfort of being part of the new, thriving residential community of Manchester Gardens. Allocated car parking is available as an additional option while secure cycle storage is provided for residents has been carefully designed to blend harmoniously with its historic neighbour.


Manchester Gardens shows the scale of our ambition and shines a light on our philosophy in an impressive state-of-the-art development. This attractive five year city centre master scheme will comprise seven phases and bring a new residential quarter to life. Over 750 exclusive apartments and houses will be provided with accompanying café, bar, restaurant and leisure facilities – encompassing 30,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space. It will feature one, two and three bed studio, duplex and triplex apartments alongside contemporary four storey townhouses.

As you would expect, the scheme’s concept, design and layout is hallmarked by the innovative use of outdoor space, including a public square, courtyards, tree-lined walkways, pioneering private roof gardens and a signature 10th floor communalSky Garden to define the phase that bears its name.

Desirable Manchester Gardens is just a heartbeat away from the city’s world class amenities and attractions, on the doorstep of the buzzing business district and boasts excellent transport links. As this exciting, all-embracing master scheme unfolds,all phases will reflect its prime location in providing homes and amenities to admire.


The appeal of City Gardens is not limited to its distinctive look, stylish accommodation and mix of homes. It has been conceived as a community hub on the doorstep of Manchester’s business district and is designed to meet the flexible needs of today’s modern business. You’ll find innovative entrepreneur studios - ideal for start-up businesses – meeting rooms, interaction areas and hot-desking facilities.

Together with the adjoining Sky Gardens, the building offers some 8,000 sq ft of ground floor commercial space facing both Chester Road and the new public square enhancing the appeal and continuing development of the area. The square itself, surrounding courtyards and tree-lined walkways will provide a pleasant retreat to meet, relax and interact. While a ninth floor communal roof garden at the City Gardens provides a skyline amenity for residents featuring an attractive sun terrace, picnic and barbecue areas and vegetable gardens.

There are 43 optional secure parking spaces at basement, ground and upper ground floor level, and every home has been allocated a bike storage facility on the ground floor. City Gardens defines and delivers the best of city living. The development offers stylish homes, convenience and easy access to appealing outdoor space at the heart of Manchester - plus excellent bus, rail, tram and motorway links. It’s a compelling combination.


De Trafford - The Developer

DeTrafford Estates dare to be different. The company’s signature approach to developments combines unwavering commitment to high design and build standards with the space to breathe. Their corporate growth and success is founded upon a philosophy of placing the community at the heart of projects by creating dynamic and diverse civic spaces.

It’s a successful formula that sees an expanding portfolio of desirable, sought-after properties with broad appeal and a very real sense of coming home. Their fast growing offering of developments is testimony to exacting standards and driven desire to provide attractive homes equipped for the needs of today’s purchasers, with over 2,100 residential units currently being developed. DeTrafford Estates continually strive to achieve innovative, efficient and elegant design solutions – key components in our mission to deliver high quality homes, cherished by owners and communities, and acknowledged for their sustainability. Embracing environmentally conscience living and low energy solutions are just some of the ways DeTrafford Estates are helping to lead the way home. 

Brett's Comments

We’re back in Manchester for a few reasons. The first one is that our previous partnership with the developer has given us exclusive rates in this new development. That means our investors get in on this amazing deal and before prices continue to rise, driven by simple supply and demand laws.

The other major reason is the pure strength of Manchester and its economy. Employment investments and transport investments are made here which will help this booming area grow even further. The city is already the ninth strongest regional economy in Europe, so its prospects are truly stellar.

Manchester is a property investors dream, and this development offers a unique opportunity for investors looking to add Northern property to their portfolios. These are likely to go like hotcakes, so don’t wait!

Call your Property Consultant on 0207 923 6100 or have them call you back in 30 seconds* to discuss this deal and the many benefits of Manchester property.

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